Wakefield Council offers ‘Step-Up’ support to Speedibake workers

05/03/2020, PR-9320

Wakefield Council is offering employment skills and training advice to those affected by the potential closure of the Speedibake site in Wakefield, following a fire that destroyed the factory last month.

Speedibake has announced proposals to close the Wakefield site, due to the significant cost and time needed to rebuild. The company is consulting with their employees on these proposals, and if approved, they will work with those affected to help them to find alternative employment and hope to support a number of staff to relocate to its Bradford bakery.

The Council’s Step-Up service, which is open to every resident in the district, has also offered to work with employees of the company if the Wakefield site does close. The Council would support them in their search for new jobs and training and, wherever possible, will link those effected to vacancies held by the other businesses that the Council supports.

Launched last summer, Step-Up helps unemployed people to find work and develop their skills, provides access to training for those in work to improve their future job prospects and supports employers to secure the skilled workforce they need for future growth and sustainability.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Speedibake has been a long established company in Wakefield and we feel incredibly sad about the announcement that the company is looking to potentially close the site, and understand the effect that this would have on workers’ lives.

“We want to help, and through Our Step-Up programme we can support people to navigate their way to new roles, or access the training they need for the next stage of their careers.

“We are working with Speedibake to make sure that, if the site does close, those affected are aware of the scheme and the support we can provide.”

Experts can help in a variety of ways, such as advice on preparing their CV, advising on job applications, practicing interview skills and for people to consider work options they may not have thought of before.

A successful bid for £3.4million of funding from the European Social Fund means the Council can deliver its new Step Up – Gateway to Employment project with its partners - Calderdale Council, NOVA Wakefield District Limited and South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, to work with long term unemployed residents across the district to improve their access to training and employment opportunities with 1:1 support with an advisor.

To find our more visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/step-up