Employment Minister, Dr Stephen Farry has urged those affected by the JTI Gallaher closure to seek practical support from his Department ‘going forward’.
The Minister said: “My Department will be working proactively delivering redundancy clinics to the company and their employees.
“The Redundancy Advice Service works in partnership with a range of agencies including the Further Education Colleges and HMRC to provide advice on alternative job opportunities and access to training courses and a range of other issues such as benefits and taxation.
“The Redundancy Advice Service will co-ordinate and deliver a tailored package of support and employees will be provided with information and professional advice about the options and support available to them including employment, training, re-skilling, education opportunities and careers advice. My Department has in place a range of services and provision on alternative employment opportunities including advice about the options and support available to help them find another job.
“Employees may also contact the Department for Employment and Learning directly to take up the support available by contacting their local Jobs and Benefits Office or JobCentre - details available on http://www.nidirect.gov.uk”