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A JOBS firm says help is on hand for hundreds of workers laid off at a Tees energy plant.

Around 700 people have been "paid off" prematurely at the Tees Renewable Energy Plant (Tees-REP) in recent weeks according to workers - leaving morale onsite "at rock bottom".

Now manpower specialist Samuel Knight says it has "a number of" contractor jobs waiting to be filled and it wants to "reach out" to staff and help them find employment.

A spokesman for the firm said: "We specialise in global manpower solutions, working with contractors in the type of work that is being carried out at the plant.

We would "We work with a lot of clients in the North-east.

out to these can assist "We would like to reach out to these workers, we can assist them.

Samuel "Those directly affected can send in their CVs or go down to the site at Teesport."

He added: "We've got a number of contractor jobs.

"We're having to look at particular CVs and saying where these skills might be best suited to the projects we've got at the moment.

"We work on the full project life cycle.

"Within energy, it could be working with renewables, or white collar through to blue collar.

like to reach workers, we them.

Knight spokesman "A lot of the people working on site will have relevant skills. "We are here to help support those that have been affected by this."

MGT Teesside's world-leading plant was due to enter the commissioning stage by now, with an opening date of early 2020.

The world-leading TeesREP will bring a wave of permanent jobs to the area once up and running, but so far it has been dogged by delays.

Workers staged a mass walk-out on May 30 over a safety row which lasted six days.

MGT Teesside says it is "committed to" its PS650m project and wants to complete "as quickly as possible". But one worker says there is "still an immense amount of work to do" at the site.

Redcar's Labour MP Anna Turley said work was ongoing with trade unions and the Grangetown Hub to ensure support was in place for those no longer working at the site. "There are ongoing discussions with subcontractors and I will be watching the situation closely," she added.

working with type of projects we've got "We project "it "hel"We would like to reach out to these workers, we can assist them. Samuel Knight spokesman


TeesREP is based at Teesport

TeesREP workers protested over working conditions at the site in May

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2019
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