The Scottish Government is saddened to learn that Hutchison Networks, based in Danderhall, entered administration on 13 May and that 94 of the 109 employees have been made redundant with immediate effect. I know this will be a very difficult time for the staff, their families and the local area which will be affected by this decision.
It is within our objective to ensure our agencies and partners are able to provide skills development and employability support, and in this way PACE aims to minimise the time people affected by redundancy are out of work.
The local Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) team was in attendance to offer advice and support to those affected by this announcement and in addition all employees at the meeting were provided with a PACE Facing Redundancy Guide.
All employees who were unable to attend the announcement meeting have been sent the PACE Facing Redundancy Guide by KPMG and the PACE team were planning to hold an event this week for redundant employees to provide further information and advice. However, feedback from KPMG suggests that a large number of staff have secured work.
Many of the employees appear to have been in job roles where there are skills shortages and will likely be of interest to a number of other employers. To that end the PACE team have canvassed employers for vacancies and will send these out, by letter, through KPMG.