Support sessions launched for Axminster Carpets staff facing redundancy

Redundancy support is being offered to Axminster Carpets staff who yesterday learned the company had gone into administration.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has organised sessions for affected staff at the Axminster Job Club at Pippins, in Lyme Road, Axminster, starting on Thursday, February 27,

The council said the sessions would give advice and help applying for universal credit and benefits, plus council tax, options for retraining and skills development, finding alternative work and support for self-employment.

EDDC said the session would be repeated over the following weeks ‘as many times as is necessary’ to ensure the needs of all redundant staff were met.

Cllr Kevin Blakey, EDDC’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “We are deeply saddened at the news of further redundancies at Axminster Carpets.

“East Devon District Council responded in October 2019 with a programme of support for employees affected by redundancy at that time.

“We are now working with a range of partner organisations to widen our support via a series of redundancy support events at Axminster Job Club for as long as the support is required.

“We recognise that finding alternative employment is a daunting task for those facing redundancy, but we are keen that the skills and expertise of the highly trained workforce are recognised by other prospective employers who undoubtedly can benefit from this pool of talent.”

The council wants to encourage all staff, including those unable to attend the event, to speak to the right people and organisations who will understand their individual situations and who are best-placed to offer advice and valuable practical support.

Those attending the session can expect:

  • East Devon District Council: officers will be there to listen to affected staff and to understand their situations. Then they will be referred to the most appropriate sources of support. The council can tell staff about other local employers and will offer free hot desking/workspace at the East Devon Business Centre in Honiton. A council officer will also be present to advise on council tax, housing benefit and universal credit.
  • Business Information Point: providing a qualified business support advisor to discuss options for self-employment.
  • Job Centre Plus: a representative will share information on finding work in Devon.
  • Citizen’s Advice: will offer qualified advice and assistance on a wide range of issues and areas from benefits to housing, information for families and much more.
  • The National Careers Service: will also provide support.
  • Education + Training Skills: can discuss providing individuals with free bespoke training and employability skills packages.
  • Learn Devon: will be on hand to discuss opportunities for adult learning, qualifications and skills.
  • Axminster Job Club: can offer free help and advice on CV writing and finding work in/around Axminster.
  • Community (Trade Union): can also provide support to members.

Queen’s carpet maker Axminster Carpets goes into administration

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