Jobseekers in High Peak are set to benefit from a new employment programme which launches on the 19th October, as part of the £30 billion Plan for Jobs, which will create, protect and support people into jobs in the wake of coronavirus.
High Peak MP Robert Largan said the scheme would “give local people who have found themselves out of work the confidence and skills to find new employment.”
Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) is a new £238 million scheme dedicated to supporting those left jobless due to coronavirus.
Under the scheme, more support will be made available for people who claim Universal Credit to ensure they can return to work quickly. This includes specialist advice on how they can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.
A key part focus will be on retraining, with the Government recently announcing the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which will provide adults in England without an A-Level or equivalent qualification from April the opportunity to take up a free, fully funded college course, and the Kickstart scheme, which will create thousands of new high quality jobs for young people.
To deliver the Plan, the Department for Work and Pensions is recruiting an additional 13,500 Work Coaches, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.
Robert Largan MP commented:
“This is welcome news for many in the High Peak who have either lost or at risk of losing their jobs through no fault of their own due to coronavirus.
“Programmes like JETS will give High Peak people who have found themselves out of work the confidence and skills to find new employment.
“Through the Chancellor’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs and Winter Economy Plan, the Government will continue to protect, create and support people into jobs, to ensure no one is left without hope as we build back better.”