Free help on offer for people facing redundancy threat

Caroline Collings
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PEOPLE who have recently lost their jobs, or who are at risk of redundancy, are being given a lifeline to help either stay at work or get back into the jobs market.

Portsmouth firm Stafford Rhodes Group is working with Chichester College on its free-of-charge Skills Support for Redundancy programme.

Caroline Collings-Wood, from Stafford Rhodes, said businesses seem to have come through the recession only to find they are now having to make redundancies as they attempt to be more efficient.

She said: ‘It doesn’t seem to matter if they’re big companies or if they’re small companies, the recession has made them rethink how they’re delivering their services.

‘The public sector as well has suffered many cuts, and we have been involved with both Portsmouth and Southampton NHS trusts as well as big businesses such as Serco.

‘We’re seeing that these quite successful companies have got through the recession but they have now had to take a look at their staffing and are still finding there still isn’t the cash around, and so they need to make themselves more efficient.

‘Unfortunately one of the biggest costs is manpower.’

Caroline said the Skills Support for Redundancy scheme sees training and business experts work with staff under threat of redundancy to help increase their chances of being retained by their employer, including assessing their skills, training and how they perform at work.

She added: ‘We come in to try and make employees more effective in their jobs.

‘We give them a better advantage. But with those who are made redundant, we’ll work with them on their CVs and how they present themselves for interview, which gives them a big advantage.

‘I would say out of the people we have worked with, 95 per cent of them have got jobs, which is actually a good news story too, because there is still work out there.’

To find out more about the free scheme, call Terri or Rachel at Chichester College on 01243 786321, ext 2554, or see staffordrhodesgroup.com.