368 attend event to support Tullis Russell employees facing redundancy

The PACE support event held in Glenrothes for Tullis Russell employees attracted 368 people.

The Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) event was held in Balbirnie House in Glenrothes and brought together 45 exhibitors including 25 employers.

PACE is a Scottish Government initiative led by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in conjunction with a number of key PACE Partners, for responding to redundancy situations.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Co-Chair of the Fife Taskforce, said, “Today’s PACE event is a very encouraging start to the action we’re taking to help those made redundant at Tullis Russell. In only one week 45 exhibitors, including 25 employers, came together to do what they can during this challenging time for the community, and I am encouraged that 368 individuals took advantage of today’s event.

“I want to be very clear – this government is committed to doing all it can to support the company, the workforce and the local community at this challenging time, and we are working closely with Fife Council in doing so. We will leave no stone unturned and that is why we are focusing all efforts on identifying a buyer, securing a future for the Glenrothes site, and supporting employees. The Scottish Government is acting fast to do what we can to support the Tullis Russell workforce through this very anxious time. The potential impact to the wider community cannot be underestimated. The Scottish Government has committed an initial £6 million to support the work of a taskforce set up jointly with Fife Council to help mitigate the impact of job losses.”

David Ross, Leader of Fife Council and Co-Chair of the Fife Taskforce said, “As well as trying to find a buyer for the company finding employment for the workforce that has been made redundant is a top priority. I’m delighted this event has been so well attended and – critically – supported by local agencies and employers; I hope it will prove useful for many of the workforce.”

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at SDS, added, “Many people do not know where to turn when faced with redundancy but PACE aims to bring together all available support.  The PACE event in Glenrothes offered Tullis Russell workers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers and a range of PACE partners to discuss their needs and choices for their future career.

“Redundancy information and advice is also available through our Skills Development Scotland centres across Fife or by calling the helpline on 0800 917 8000.”