The government promises to help hundreds of thousands of job seekers with a new employment program targeting those unemployed due to the virus crisis.
JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support), backed by a £ 238 million investment, aims to help people who have been unemployed for three months.
According to the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP), a range of assistance is offered, including expert advice on how to advance people into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.
Secretary of State for Labor and Pensions, Therese Coffey, said: “JETS will recently give unemployed people the help they need to get back to work and improve the prospects for more than a quarter of a million people across the UK.
“We provided unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic, including vacation and income subsidies for the self-employed. We have done everything we can to protect people’s livelihoods, but unfortunately not every job can be saved.
“This program will help those who have become unemployed due to Covid-19 and is part of our broader plan for jobs that also helps young people kickstart their career ladder and provide the training they need to get into new ones to switch roles through our Sector Labor College program and prepare employees for return to work. “
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our unparalleled support has saved millions of livelihoods and businesses since the pandemic began, but it has always been clear to me that we cannot save every job.
“I have spoken about the harmful effects of unemployment, but through JETS we will provide new opportunities for those who have sadly lost their jobs to ensure that no one is left without hope.”
The DWP is recruiting a further 13,500 work trainers to implement the program.
Jonathan Reynolds, secretary for shadow work and pensions, said: “According to government figures, at least four million people could lose their jobs during the crisis.
“All it can come up with in response are piecemeal plans and meaningless slogans.
“This new program offers very little new support and relies on already overloaded on-site work trainers, while many of the new work trainers promised have not yet been implemented.
“It is too late again for a government that simply cannot get this employment crisis under control.”