Coventry employees who are being made redundant have been encouraged to find new jobs
through an in-house jobs initiative.
Workers at AGCO's Massey Ferguson plant in Banner Lane will be able to visit a job
shop, which aims to locate suitable vacancies in the area and match them with staff facing
The move follows AGCO's announcement that they are to shed almost 20% of the Massey
workforce due to falling demand for their tractors and agricultural machinery.
The scheme, which is called Progress in Partnership, is a combined operation involving
Quality Careers Service, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the City
Chamber Director Peter Shearing believes it is an excellent opportunity for worried
staff to discover opportunities. He said:
"The idea is that people can come to the job shop for advice on what is the best
direction for them to take.
"We will speak to them and establish their background, ambitions and talents and
advise them of ways in which they can go about achieving these.
"When this scheme was first introduced it was aimed more at inward investment and
trying to get companies moving to this area to find their staff from around here, but we
have realised that it is also ideal in situations like this one.
"Companies will come to us and inform us of a vacancy that they may have, for
example a machine toolist, and then we will let the partnership know so that they could
match it up with a suitable candidate from Masseys.
"Obviously this offers an ideal solution for everyone, the employee gets back into
work and the employer gets an experienced and proven member of staff."
However the scheme is not just focusing on getting people back into work as soon as
possible, but also advising anybody who may be looking for an entirely new career path.
Linda Pinks from Quality Career Services believes that people can use redundancy as a
starting point for something new.
"Many people will think about the financial aspect of losing their job, but some
will stand back and realise that it is their opportunity to try something different.
"These are the people who will come to us and we advise them on re-training, and
any other fields that may suit their individual vocations."
Any firms who have vacancies that may be suitable for Progress through Partnership
should contact the Chamber on 01203 654321.