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Walsall Works Providing Support for Redundancy

30 October 2019

Walsall Works Providing Support for Redundancy

Walsall Works Providing Support for Redundancy

In partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, Walsall Works provide a rapid reaction service to support those residents who are facing redundancy.

This service was required in September as the Midcounties Co-operative, the UK’s largest independent co-operative society, and Octopus Energy have agreed a deal to create a new strategic energy partnership.

As a result of this, the Co-op Energy brand will be retained and Octopus will take on ownership and responsibility for their customers.  500 Co-op Energy staff will be affected across four sites, Walsall, Bloxwich, Warwick and Ipswich.  150 of these are based in their two Walsall sites and they have been offered support to apply for new roles in the new venture which is to be based in Warwick. 

Once the announcement was released publicly, Walsall Works, reached out to Co-op Energy offering employability support to any employees who were looking for alternative work or upskilling. 

Walsall Works also mobilised support from partners who offer additional support, DWP on welfare benefit advice, Performance through People on free training and National Careers Service on independent advice and guidance as well the council’s Employment Growth team on self-employment advice.  

Two months in advance of the business premises closing in mid-November 2019, Walsall Works offered two full day sessions across their Walsall and Bloxwich sites, enabling each of the 150 affected staff to receive 1-to-1 professional advice.  Walsall Works was also able to facilitate other employers to engage with their departing customer service staff such as Legal & General, Homeserve and Respondez.

Steven Parks, Coop Energy Operational Lead said “I would like to take this opportunity to offer our thanks to the whole of the Walsall Council in offering such a wide range of support to our staff who are facing potential redundancy. Walsall Council have stepped up to the mark, going above and beyond any expectations that I had, in offering a wide range of support to these colleagues. It has also been fantastic to tap into the vast networking groups that the Walsall Council has built up over a period of time. What you have achieved for these colleagues in such a short amount of time has been amazing”

“On behalf of the staff going through this difficult time, once again I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude.  A council to be proud of!”

Walsall Council urges any business going through change or financial instability to contact the Walsall Works so that we can provide assistance and guidance prior to any staff being made redundant.   Contact walsallworks@walsall.gov.uk or 01922 654353

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