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Former SSI workers get a helping hand from Seta

17th Edition IET Wiring Regulations course helps to boost skills.

A group of former SSI workers are being helped to access new career opportunities – thanks to Seta.

The four North East men – who lost their jobs when SSI closed its steelworks at Redcar – last month successfully completed a 17th Edition IET Wiring Regulations course at Seta’s Washington site.

The course provides industry standard training in electrical regulations and legislation, which will enable the men to fulfil a variety of roles in the electrical engineering sector.

Former SSI workers Chris Vout, Richard Southgate, Nicholas List and Matthew Howes undertook the 17th Edition IET Wiring Regulations course, which is City & Guilds accredited and runs over four days. They were able to access the training with support from their local branches of JobCentre Plus.

Chris Vout, from Stockton, had worked at the Redcar steelworks from 1977. Commenting on the training at Seta, Chris said: “I’d previously worked as an electrician at the steelworks, before going into the management side, and wanted to freshen up my qualifications to enable me to work in industrial environments as an electrician.

“Completing the course at Seta means that I’m now up to date and can compete for jobs on a level playing field.”

Richard Southgate, from Saltburn, added: “This qualification should give me a better chance of finding a job and then progressing. I am an engineer by trade and the course has helped to broaden my skills set.”

Nicholas List, from Middlesbrough, worked at SSI as an electrical craftsman, and believes that the training he received at Seta will “open the door to a new job”. He commented: “I really enjoyed the training and the way the course was taught – it was very interesting and the tutor was excellent.”

Robin Lockwood, Chief Executive of Seta, said: “The closure of the SSI Redcar steelworks was a devastating blow for the North East, and it’s vital that its former staff are supported in their efforts to find new employment and build on the fantastic array of skills that they already have.

“We’ve been delighted to help Chris, Richard, Nicholas and Matthew in acquiring new electrical skills through our course, and to play a part in opening up new opportunities for them.

“Our courses can be used to help individuals gain new expertise, which they may need in order to apply for new roles, or companies can train their staff with Seta in order to cross-skill and up-skill their workforces.”

Pictured above, left to right: Richard Southgate, Chris Vout, Matthew Howes and Nicholas List.