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Staff facing redundancy due to the closure of Pinneys of Scotland in Annan are being offered additional support at a free event.

Taking place at the Victoria Halls Complex in the town on Thursday, 19 July from noon to 4.00pm, the event will offer advice on a range of topics to those affected by the closure, and will include a number of local employers with vacancies to fill.

The event is organised by the Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE).

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing will be attending the event.

Mr Ewing said: “The loss of a major employer like Pinneys is a serious blow for the local community which is why the Scottish Government’s redundancy support framework (PACE) has been coordinating the response on behalf of a range of partners to ensure those who have been affected get the help they need.

“This event is a great opportunity for anyone in the area currently looking for work, and Pinneys staff in particular. I would encourage anybody interested to take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from the expert advice being offered.”

Through providing skills development and employability support, PACE aims to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) leads on the delivery of PACE support in conjunction with a number of key partners including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Juliet Campbell, Regional PACE Chair for SDS, said: “This event will offer people advice on their future options and the range of services available. That includes help around job hunting and careers advice to claiming benefits and obtaining funding for training.

“There will also be a number of local employers attending with job opportunities, and we’d encourage any other local businesses with vacancies to get in touch as they are welcome to attend.

“We are aware of how difficult a time this is for everyone affected by the situation at Pinneys, but a lot of support is available and we are committed to helping those involved take the next steps.”

“This event will offer people advice on their future options and the range of services available. That includes help around job hunting and careers advice to claiming benefits and obtaining funding for training."

Juliet Campbell, Regional PACE Chair for SDS

As well as advice from SDS, help will be available from Citizen’s Advice Scotland, DWP, Business Gateway, Scotland’s Rural College, Dumfries and Galloway College, Scottish Enterprise, and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Cllr Rob Davidson, Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said: “This jobs fair forms part of our ongoing joint response to the announcement of the closure of Pinneys and our commitment to the staff and wider community of Annan.

“I hope that anyone affected by the closure of Pinneys, or who is looking for work in the Annan area, will be able to attend the fair, where a wide range of advice, support and assistance will be available.”

Employers looking to take part in the event should contact roz.denham@sds.co.uk for more information.

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