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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough partners have come together to support former Thomas Cook employees

30 September 2019

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Since the announcement on 23 September that Thomas Cook has entered compulsory liquidation, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority partners have been working together to provide support for former employees. An estimated 1,200 people across Cambridgeshire are affected, including those at the Thomas Cook HQ in Peterborough. 

This dedicated post has been created to signpost people to a range of advice and resources including financial, careers, job searches and general support.

We would encourage anyone concerned  about their next steps to follow the links below or email our Growth Hub team at hello@signpost2grow.co.uk

The Insolvency Service

If you work for Thomas Cook and have been told that you are being made redundant, The Insolvency Service has advice about claiming money you're owed and information about where you can seek support.

The Insolvency Service website provides further detail about how to apply and how your claim will be paid. 

Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service 

The government's Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service stands ready to help people find a new job as soon as possible by offering tailored support. 


Taskforces 

The government also intends to convene a cross-government taskforce to support employees, alongside local stakeholders. The taskforce will consider existing support schemes and will also monitor the impact on local businesses. 

The Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy is establishing a cross-government Task Force to address the impact on employees and local communities. This will help to overcome barriers to attending training, securing a job or self-employment, such as proving child care costs, tools, work clothes, travel costs. 

Cambridgeshire Libraries 

Cambridgeshire Libraries have a range of services to support career changes and new jobs including: 

  • permanent job vacancies
  • temporary job vacancies 
  • volunteering
  • careers in childcare, schools and social care 
  • adult learning, skills and careers guidance 

Skills Support for the Workforce in Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough 

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough. 

SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.