The UK government has announced a new employment programme is launching this week. It says Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) will help hundreds of thousands of job seekers. The programme supports people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. JETS aims at helping those out of work for over three months and is backed by a £238 million investment. The new employment programme is being run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The programme aims at helping claimants get back to work as quickly as possible. This will be done through individually tailored assistance in a variety of areas. Support provided includes CV and interview coaching, as well as advice on moving into new and growing employment sectors. The government says support is provided in various ways, including the provision of a personal Work Coach, peer support and skill-building activities.
Nobody left behind
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Therese Coffey, spoke about the new JETS programme. She said, “JETS will give recently unemployed people the helping hand they need to get back into work. It will boost the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain.” The programme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and is specifically aimed at helping those in jobs that could not be saved.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, also spoke about the need for such a programme. He said, “We have provided unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic, including furlough and subsidising the self-employed. We have been doing all we can to protect peoples’ livelihoods – but sadly not every job can be saved.” He added, “This scheme will help those left out of work as a result of Covid-19 and is one strand of our wider Plan for Jobs. It will offer the training needed to pivot into new roles through our Sector Based Work Academy Programme and prepare people for getting back into work.”
The Shaw Trust, a UK charity helping disabled and disadvantaged people return to work, is part of the JETS programme. Shaw Trust CEO, Chris Luck, spoke about the important need for such assistance. He said, “Shaw Trust has the skill, experience and capacity to help the thousands of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. We aim to help participants return to work as swiftly as possible. This is because the first few months are critical in preventing long-term unemployment.”
Helping young people find new jobs
The JETS programme follows the launch of the government’s £2billion Kickstart scheme. The scheme will help to create thousands of new, high-quality jobs for young people. As part of the plan, the DWP is hiring 13,500 new Work Coaches this year. This will double the current number of such Work Coaches.
The Kickstart scheme aims at providing young people with the skills and knowledge they need to secure new jobs. Therefore, it will include sector based work programmes, referred to as SWAPs. The SWAP programme is designed to help people switch to industries that are currently growing and hiring. The programme consists of pre-employment training for specific companies/sectors. This is then followed by work-experience placement and possible interview opportunities.
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