Plans are afoot to try and minimise the impact of job losses following the shock closure of Arbroath engineering firm John M. Henderson.
Angus Training Group in Arbroath, along with D&A College have been working in partnership with the rest of the north-east engineering sector to help the 89 people made redundant on Friday.
A total of 16 apprentices lost their jobs as the firm went into administration.
The Angus Training Group – who had or currently have links to 13 of those – have been actively seeking to secure replacement apprenticeships for the youngsters with other engineering firms.
Meanwhile, Dundee & Angus College are looking at how they can assist the three first year apprentices placed with them, to finish their education.
And firms are moving to offer qualified former Henderson’s staff positions.
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey revealed he has been approached by Inverbervie based Northeast Technology Solutions Ltd indicating they are recruiting experienced CNC machinists and are keen to talk to former Henderson’s employees.
The MSP said: “It’s been heartwarming to see people rallying round in response to the collapse of John M. Henderson and looking to help the affected staff find other work.
“I cannot speak highly enough of the Angus Training Group in particular. They really have pulled out all the stops to assist the apprentices who have gone through or are still in their care.
“And I know that not only are the college looking to assist the apprentices they are also talking to some of the senior staff who’ve lost their jobs about perhaps taking on teaching roles there.”
Mr Dey held discussions with John M. Henderson’s joint administrator Blair Nimmo today to ascertain the prospects of the company being sold as a going concern.
He said: “The administrators are open to considering any expressions of interest in the firm and are saying no critical, irreversible decisions are going to be taken for a few weeks. So the message has to be to anyone who might want to step in here to please contact them.”