£1k for redundant Nelson workers to retrain

STAFF facing redundancy from a Department for Work and Pensions site could benefit from £1,000 towards re-training.

Capita, which manages the file storage site at Scholefield Mill, Nelson, for the DWP, has offered the grant to those facing redundancy, if they are still employed at the end of this year.

Any member of staff who wants to take up the offer would need to start a vocational training course with a ‘recognised provider’ within six months, and the money would be paid directly to the training provider.

Concerns over the lack of support for staff wanting to re-train were among the issues raised by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) during discussions with Capita.

Last month PCS representatives and some of the 96 staff whose jobs are under threat took their campaign to London, and met with Capita’s retiring chief executive Paul Pindar.

PCS officer Caroline Turner said: “We welcome this offer from Capita but we have written back seeking clarifications on the conditions of the offer, and about redundancy payments.”

Most of the staff at the file storage site in Brunswick Street, earn £6.67 per hour and staff who have been there up to eight years face redundancy payments of around £2,000, with the PCS calling for all staff to receive a £6,000 payment.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “Having met with staff, Capita and with PCS, one of the major concerns has been about re-training for people looking to move into a different line of work.

“That is why I have been pushing for Capita to work with the Jobcentre and local training providers, which they have been doing. However, several concerns remain.”

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7:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

AlifromIsrael says...

If some of them spent this money, on how to talk to people who through no fault of their own had lost their jobs they would improve their job prospects.

You are treated like some sort of person who is begging for Job Seekers Allowance. Anybody would think it was their own money they were paying out.

People don't lose their job on purpose, and most of the people are looking for work, but have fallen on hard times.

Good manners when you talk to people don't cost you anything.
If some of them spent this money, on how to talk to people who through no fault of their own had lost their jobs they would improve their job prospects. You are treated like some sort of person who is begging for Job Seekers Allowance. Anybody would think it was their own money they were paying out. People don't lose their job on purpose, and most of the people are looking for work, but have fallen on hard times. Good manners when you talk to people don't cost you anything. AlifromIsrael

11:13am Tue 17 Dec 13

hunter3062 says...

a grand to retrain me i got nothing.. and yet by law to keep my job i had to pay out of my own pocket to receive a driver cpc to carry on doing the job i have done for years..me i wish them all good luck in finding a new job.NOT.. LETS SEE HOW THEY COPE WITH SANCTIONS AND THE LIKES SEE HOW THEY LIKE BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF **** FOR A FEW MONTH..
a grand to retrain me i got nothing.. and yet by law to keep my job i had to pay out of my own pocket to receive a driver cpc to carry on doing the job i have done for years..me i wish them all good luck in finding a new job.NOT.. LETS SEE HOW THEY COPE WITH SANCTIONS AND THE LIKES SEE HOW THEY LIKE BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF **** FOR A FEW MONTH.. hunter3062

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