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Jobs fair bid to help workers at doomed Wrexham factory

Published date: 11 February 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A JOBS fair is being arranged to help workers at a doomed cheese packing factory facing redundancy.

About 230 jobs will be lost in May when the First Milk factory in Cross Lanes shuts down.

Employees were told the devastating news last month after the facility – also known as the Maelor Creamery – lost a major contract with supermarket chain Asda.

Now Jobcentre Plus is calling on North Wales employers who are looking to recruit staff to attend the jobs fair in Wrexham on March 12 to help workers who will be made redundant.

The event is being organised by Jobcentre Plus, First Milk and GAP Personnel.

Employers are being offered financial incentives via Welsh Government REACT funding and the Rapid Response to Redundancy Scheme to find work for those losing their job.

Kathy Davies from Jobcentre Plus said: “The First Milk workforce have excellent employment records with the average length of service being 10 years.

“The workers have a range of skills in process, administration, technical and management.

“I would like to encourage all local employers, big and small and from all sectors to book stands at this event and informally meet some of the workers who are looking for new jobs.”

First Milk Maelor site manager Dave Ditcham added: “The support of Jobcentre Plus and local businesses to date has been appreciated by all those affected by the site’s closure.

“We hope that as many local recruiters as possible can attend this event to assist our loyal, skilled and hardworking staff in finding new employment.”

Anyone interested in attended the fair is asked to book a stand or discuss their recruitment needs with Kathy Davies at Wrexham Jobcentre Plus by email at kathy.davies1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or by calling 07855 319883.

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