Task-force continues Jus-Rol work

A task-force set up after the announcement of the closure of the Jus-Rol plant in Berwick is continuing its work to support staff.

Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, 9:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, 10:58 am
General Mills' Jus-Rol factory on the Tweedside Trading Estate.

The group was set up following the decision in January 2016 to close the General Mills site.

It is coordinated by Arch, in partnership with Northumberland County Council, and its role has been to bring a number of key agencies together to develop a tailored package of support for Jus-Rol staff as well as support for site succession and the supply chain.

Geoff Paul, the council’s director of planning and economy, who sits on the task-force, said: “These are difficult times for all involved and in particular the staff impacted by the closure. The task-force would like to thank the local community for its support and appreciate that they too are anxious about developments at the site.

“Our priority remains to look after the best interests of employees, to provide them with regular updates on all aspects of the site closure and to help them in whatever way we can through this difficult transition.”

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The task-force meets on a regular basis and includes representatives from General Mills, the county council, Jobcentre Plus, Northumberland College, BIS, Berwick Town Council, CBI, NECC, UKTI and MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s office.

Mr Paul added: “This collaborative approach has resulted in a wide range of initiatives being offered to employees.

“This has included a significant amount of training, advice on new start up business, CV writing and interview techniques, financial advice and job fairs. The local plant management have also been proactive in working closely with prospective employers to help employees in their transition to new roles.”