Taskforce set up to help Northamptonshire workers affected by redundancies at Fairline Boats

Fairline factory and offices at Oundle
Fairline factory and offices at Oundle

A taskforce has been set up to help staff affected by recent job losses at luxury boat builder Fairline Boats.

The group is made up of a range of Northamptonshire partners including MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove, Corby Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Unite the union, Department of Works and Pensions (DWP), Skills Funding Agency and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP).

Local businessman David Scott of Scotts of Thrapston is also providing a local business perspective to the work of the taskforce.

The immediate priority for the taskforce is to get redundant workers, many of whom worked at the Fairline factories in Corby and Oundle, back into employment and a jobs fair, information and advice day is taking place between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, January 14, at Corby Cube.

A total of 15 county businesses have already signed up to attend to discuss job opportunities, including Knorr Bremse Rail Services, Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes and Scotts of Thrapston.

The businesses attending have a significant number of good quality job opportunities available.

More than 100 former Fairline employees have already signed up to attend with job experience ranging from engineers, laminators, carpenters, electricians, welders, designers and line managers, honed in a high-end manufacturing environment.

A number of exhibition stands remain available and interested businesses, in particular those operating in the High Performance Technologies sector, are invited to contact Jo Stewart or Louise West at job.broker@northamptonshireep.co.uk to secure a space.

Companies which are unable to attend on the day but would like to supply vacancy details can also contact Jo or Louise.

The taskforce is encouraging former Fairline staff who haven’t yet registered to do so by email at job.broker@northamptonshireep.co.uk.