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Hundreds attend Wilton 11 Jobs Fair

19th February, 2015
Hundreds of people today attended a jobs fair showcasing employment opportunities at the Wilton 11 Energy from Waste (EfW) plant.   The fair is being held today (Thursday 19 February) at Redcar and Cleveland College, Corporation Road, Redcar from 10am to 7pm.

An early visitor to the fair was Redcar and Cleveland Mayor, Councillor Carole Simms who was welcomed by Andy Stokes of SITA UK, the developers of the site.  Newly elected council leader, Councillor Mary Lanigan also visited the fair and spoke to exhibitors.

Andy Stokes, Project Director, SITA UK, said:
Id like to thank Cleveland and Redcar College for helping us to stage the event. This new energy from waste facility represents a significant investment in Teesside creating a number of job opportunities that weve been able to highlight to local people. Whilst we already employ a significant number of companies and people from the local area, the jobs fair has enabled us to match local skills and experience with a variety of jobs for the next stage of construction and for the permanent positions that will be required to operate the plant."

As well as employers working on the EfW plant, the fair attracted exhibitors from other fields including the York Potash Project and rail freight firm, DB Schenker.  Representatives from unions GMB and Unite the Union were also on hand to provide advice on writing CVs.  Construction services organisation, Fortel, was in attendance as were as recruitment agencies, Hays and Jonathan Lee, which specialises in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Les Hines, Lead Consultant for Power Generation at Jonathan Lee, said:
Weve met some really good people at todays jobs fair.  Ive spoken to some experienced and highly skilled workers and its been well worth us making the trip up from our head office in Birmingham to run a stand here.  I know our clients in the Redcar and Cleveland area will be very impressed with the standard of local workers.

At present, the EfW plant employs 398 people, 257 of whom are from the UK with 210 of these being from the local area.  Pay rates are at least equivalent to union working agreements and everyone on site is paid above the living wage rate per hour.

Around 50 further temporary posts will be available for skilled workers over the coming months as construction continues.  49 permanent posts will also be created to operate the plant.

For further information, please contact Barry Walton, SITA UK, tel: 07530 072298, email: barry.walton@sita.co.uk or Kathryn Williams, Coast Communications, tel: 07783 292652, email: kathryn@coastmarcoms.co.uk