Scotland business

Employment help for 600 WJ Harte workers made redundant

Construction workers
Image caption Civil engineering firm WJ Harte was placed in administration earlier this month

A support event is being held for more than 600 people who lost their jobs following the recent collapse of a Lanarkshire-based construction firm.

Former employees of WJ Harte, in Bothwell, have been invited to take part in the session led by government agency Skills Development Scotland.

Those attending will be given advice on job searches, business start-ups and local training opportunities.

WJ Harte and RJT Pennant were placed in administration earlier this month.

All 720 staff were sent home but more than 200 of them were to be recalled to complete work on the order book.

'Tough times'

The firm blamed the downturn in the building trade, which cut its turnover by more than half, and bad debts from financially-troubled client firms.

The three-hour Skills Development Scotland event is taking place at council headquarters in Hamilton and is being held in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Business Gateway and Routes to Work.

Michael Cummins, chair of the Lanarkshire Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (Pace), said: "Dealing with redundancy can be a daunting experience. In order to respond to these tough times, and help those who have been made redundant, it is vital that we provide the workforce with the necessary support.

"Skills Development Scotland supported by national and local partners, delivers Pace, which is the Scottish government's national strategic framework for responding to redundancy situations.

"The local Pace team will work closely with people affected by redundancy in an aim to minimise the time they are out of work."

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