SSI Redcar steelworks: 954 jobs lost in supply chain

More than 2,000 SSI steelworkers were made redundant when the plant closed in October 2015. Credit: PA

New figures show that nearly a thousand people who worked for companies that supplied the SSI steelworks in Redcar have been made redundant since it closed.

The Task Force set up to help people back into work has said it has helped nearly 700 people back into work or training. Here are their headline figures -

Job losses:

2,200

SSI steelworkers were made redundant when the plant closed in October 2015.

954

job losses in the supply chain, 26 companies have announced.

92

SSI staff have been retained by the Official Receiver to work on site safety.

Redundancy payments and benefits:

2027

of the former SSI workforce (98.1%) have made online redundancy pay applications.

695

former SSI and supply chain workers are no longer claiming benefits.

Training and support:

5,200

calls have been made to the Jobcentre Plus helpline.

4,000

training courses have been agreed for 2,120 people.

2,969

people have received advice and help from the Support Hub of the Task Force.

Jobs and skills fairs:

166

people have been employed as a direct result of the first Jobsfair in October 2015.

884

people attended the second Jobs and Skills Fair in November, where 700 immediate jobs were offered.

Apprentices:

51

former SSI apprentices are all in education, training or placed with employers.