New job finding service established to help 160,000 people

05 February 2021

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that a new job finding service is being launched to benefit 160,000 people over the course of the next year, and that support will include job searches and interview preparation. Advice on how to switch careers will also be delivered. The service is designed to run alongside other support that is already available in jobcentres and by Work Coaches, and forms part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs.

The press release advises that a new team of 325 Job Search Advisers has been established, and that they are contactable either online or over the phone. They will support individuals who are recently unemployed, but who possess the skills and experience required to move into a new career but are unsure of where to start.

It is expected that, over the course of the next 12 months, 160,000 jobseekers will receive digital support and advice, as part of the new Job Finding Support (JFS) service.

The support will be offered across four one-to-one sessions, and the intention is that this will be completed in a few weeks, and offers interview advice, identifies any transferable skills and provides help on the topic of changing industries. Additionally, online group sessions will be hosted, to enhance job search techniques.

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

“Job Finding Support will help jobseekers brush up on interview skills and advice, giving them a helping hand to move back into work quickly.

Our Plan for Jobs is helping us build back better and fairer, getting job support to people who need it right across Britain and levelling up opportunity.”

Participants to the scheme are referred via their Work Coach and the service is completely voluntary to any jobseekers who have been unemployed for less than 13 weeks and are in receipt of benefits.


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