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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08148: Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the number of employees who are being made redundant at Kwik-fit Insurance Services in Tannochside, and how many of these have (a) found new employment, (b) chosen to undertake further training or study and (c) not yet confirmed a future role or path and will be continuing with PACE support.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 28 March 2017

As soon as we became aware of developments at Kwik Fit Insurance Services in Tannochside, we set up a working group comprising Ageas, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council to provide support to the company and its employees. Through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative, we have worked very closely with Ageas and their outplacement agency Penna to provide a full programme of support for the 521 employees facing redundancy

The programme of support included 13 Presentations from PACE and Penna; 50 workshops on CV preparation, career management and interview skills; and one to one career planning interviews with a PACE Adviser which 206 employees attended.

Ageas also arranged four jobs fairs on site where over 2,000 vacancies in the immediate area were available from the 44 organisations in attendance.

Information available to date is contained in the following table.

Total employees

Maternity/sick

Employees in scope

Exit data

Alternative role

Time out/retiring

Seeking new role

521

44

477

400

268

46

86

%

 

 

84

67

12

21

Source: Ageas

Should any individual still require support once their employment with Ageas comes to an end, full details of how they can access this support, for example through local SDS Centres and JCP Offices or by telephoning the helpline or accessing information online, have been included in the final letter being issued to employees from Ageas.