- Conservatives launch latest initiative to support people who lose their jobs due to coronavirus, backed by £238 million
- Flexible and tailored support, including help with interviews and CV writing, to be offered to people out of work for three months
- Scheme already launched in South East Wales
Jobseekers in South East Wales are set to benefit from a new employment programme which launched yesterday (5 October) as part of the Conservatives’ £30 billion Plan for Jobs – which will create, protect and support people into jobs in the wake of coronavirus.
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.
Welsh Conservative MS for South East Wales, Laura Anne Jones, said the scheme would “give local people who have found themselves out of work the confidence and skills to find new employment”.
The new scheme was announced at the Conservatives’ virtual conference, at which the Prime Minister and other senior Conservatives are setting out their plans to build back better after coronavirus. A key part focus will be on retraining, with the Prime Minister recently announcing the Lifetime Job Guarantee, which will provide adults in England without an A-Level or equivalent qualifications 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, DWP is recruiting an additional 13,500 Work Coaches, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.
Commenting, Laura Anne Jones said:
“This is welcome news for many of my constituents 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 local people who have found themselves out of work the confidence and skills to find new employment.
“Through our £30 billion Plan for Jobs and Winter Economy Plan, we will continue to protect, create and support people into jobs, to ensure no one is left without hope as we build back better.”