As part of the Mayor’s Jobs Week, which is seeing Mayor Houchen promoting jobs and opportunities across the Tees Valley, he is calling on local people to apply for vacancies at the fantastic local businesses that, over the last 6 months, have been preparing land at Teesworks, the UK’s largest industrial zone, for redevelopment.

In July, Mayor Houchen set out his 12-month plan for jobs at the former Redcar Steelworks site, setting a target of creating 775 jobs over 12 months. In less than half that time, 557 have already been created on-site.

Mayor Houchen said: There is so much happening on the Teesworks site I know it is hard to keep up! But the main thing that is happening is we are creating good quality, well paid local jobs for local people right now.

?We talk a lot about building for the future with all our major projects, such as Net Zero Teesside and our plans for offshore wind, which is absolutely the right thing to do as we plan for an exciting long term, clean future and all the investment and jobs that come with it, but that doesn?t mean things aren?t happening now, and we’ve already created 557 jobs on-site already in the last few months alone.

?These fantastic local businesses have done a brilliant job getting the Teesworks site ready for redevelopment, and as all these vacancies show, there are so many different opportunities for people of all ages, from apprentices and graduates right through to managers, to get involved. That?s why I am doing everything I can to let people know about the jobs we are helping to create so we can fill them with talented local people from Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.

?This has been a tough year for families and businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it would be fantastic to give local people the ideal early Christmas present of a job to look forward to next year, giving them certainty about the future, security and more money in their back pocket for themselves and their families.

?I urge anyone in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to get in touch with these fantastic local businesses who have to work at Teesworks and get applying.?

Last month, Mayor Houchen announced military veterans are to be guaranteed an interview for jobs created at Teesworks.

The pledge will ensure veterans are given an interview, provided that they meet the relevant criteria for the post and are within 12-weeks of their discharge date or have the armed forces as their last long-term employer.

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