Government announces new Job Entry Targeted Support programme

05 October 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued a press release to provide details of the new Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme, which is being launched to assist those individuals left jobless by the outbreak of coronavirus.

£238 million is being invested in the programme, which will be aimed at those who have been out of work for at least three months. Claimants will have the opportunity to access a flexible and tailored support programme which will aim to get them back into employment as quickly as possible.

 A variety of providers will offer assistance, to include expert advice on how people can move into growing sectors, along with coaching on both CVs and interviews. An action plan will also be established with a dedicated, personal Work Coach, and peer support will be provided in addition to opportunities to boost their skills. 13,500 additional Work Coaches are being recruited, which will bring the total to 27,000 this financial year.

Therese Coffey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:

“JETS will give recently unemployed people the helping hand they need to get back into work, boosting the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain.

We have provided unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic, including through furlough and subsidising the incomes of the self-employed, doing all we can to protect peoples’ livelihoods - but sadly not every job can be saved.

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 which will also support young people onto the jobs ladder through Kickstart, offer the training needed to pivot into new roles through our Sector Based Work Academy Programme and prepare people for getting back into work.”

JETS is being implemented in several counties on 5 October 2020 and will be introduced in additional areas later in October. It will be launched in Scotland early next year.

The programme forms part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which introduced the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new job opportunities for young people meeting certain criteria.

Sector based work programmes will improve the probability of jobseekers finding new employment, with a focus on assisting people in moving between industries, and locating work in those sectors that are currently growing and hiring.

A list of dates of when JETS will be launched, and where, has been provided:

5 October 2020

  • Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland
  • Staffordshire and Derbyshire
  • Durham and Tees Valley
  • North East Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • North West England
  • Cheshire
  • Cumbria and Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
  • Devon and Cornwall
  • Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Surrey and Sussex
  • North and Mid Wales
  • South East Wales
  • South West Wales
  • South London
  • West London

19 October 2020

  • Birmingham and Solihull
  • Central
  • Black Country
  • Leicestershire and Northamptonshire
  • Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland
  • Greater Manchester
  • Mercia
  • Staffordshire and Derbyshire
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
  • East Anglia
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
  • Essex
  • Kent
  • Surrey and Sussex
  • Central London
  • East London
  • South London
  • West London
  • North London

26 October 2020

  • East London
  • North London
  • South London

 


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