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Redundant steel workers can transfer skills, say recruiters

Wed, 21 Oct 2015

Workers made redundant from the UK’s beleaguered steel industry have “excellent” skills that can be transferred into other sectors, recruiters say.

Yesterday, Tata Steel Europe announced 1,200 jobs are being cut at its plants in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire. The news follows administrators being appointed to parts of manufacturer Caparo Industries' steel operations in the Midlands and the recent closure of the SSI steel plant in Redcar.

But manufacturing staffing specialists say these workers have skills and attributes employers will be looking to hire into their businesses.

A spokesperson for specialist recruiter Acorn, which has a contract with Tata Steel, told Recruiter it is continuing to support any workers directly affected by the redundancies, supporting them with outplacement where it can. 

“There are some terrifically well-skilled people in the industry who have some excellent transferrable skills of use to the other manufacturing and technical environments in which we work, such as logistics, plant and civil engineering, energy and power and automotive industries.”

Meanwhile Andy Hogarth, chief executive of staffing services, outsourcing, training and employability organisation Staffline Group, which has a manufacturing division, told Recruiter it is not just the skills, but the attitudes of such workers that are transferable.

“The skills certainly are transferable,” he said. “The attitudes of people are good because they are grafters in the steel industry. If you work hard, that’s the biggest transferable skill of all.”

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