January 30, 2007 10:38 ET

Amicus launches £10 million project to retrain redundant workers in West Midlands

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - Amicus in the West Midlands is tomorrow (Wednesday 31 January) launching a major project to retrain workers who are made redundant and would otherwise struggle to find work due to lack of relevant skills.

The project came about when 2,000 Amicus members lost their jobs when MG Rover closed in 2004.
The Regional Council initially raised GBP 10,000 to help Rover workers through their hardship but also looked at ways of how they could assist them back to into the world of work and recognised that the issue of mass redundancies was not just a problem for Rover workers.

Amicus has now managed in the West Midlands to secure a total package of GBP 10 million from The European Social Fund which is being pioneered through the Learning and Skills Council.

The GBP 10 million is going to be used to retrain and redeploy people who are about to be made redundant.
Terry Pye, Amicus' Regional Secretary for the West Midlands says, "Although this isn't a new initiative, it is something the old craft unions have been doing for years, it has never been done on this scale before and advertised to members as part of their union membership.

"Manufacturing jobs are haemorrhaging from the UK at an alarming rate and there just aren't jobs of equivalent skill for the workers left behind. This new project has a 90% success rate. Redundant workers can have a choice of retraining opportunities at no cost to themselves."

The project is a joint initiative with T&G, GMB, Community, CATU and led by Amicus.

Photo and interview opportunity:

Date: Wednesday 31st January 2007

Time: 11.15AM

Place: West Bromwich Football Club, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, B71 4LF

Amicus Officers will be available for interview.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Secretary
    Terry Pye
    07768 931280
    Amicus Press Office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934 or 0776 465 5751