Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins has said the authority is working with partners to offer support to employees at Kerry Food in Burton following today’s announcement of expected redundancies.
Philip said: “This is a huge blow to people working at the company and their families. Our priority is to offer all the support we can.
“We will work with local partners, including the borough council, Jobcentre Plus and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to see how we can best help those affected in terms of practical support and retraining opportunities.
“A meeting has been scheduled with the main union this week and our aim is to hold a targeted jobs fair for affected employees in the summer.”
The county council and local enterprise partnership’s decade long skills programme, which runs until 2024, has seen a 50 per cent reduction in the number of working age people with no qualifications.
In addition, it has seen over 19,000 people take part in learning programmes and exceeded its target with over 9,000 people progressing into work or training schemes.
At the beginning of the academic year, Staffordshire was the sixth highest local authority area for reducing the number of 16 and 17-year-olds not in employment, education or training (NEETs).