Following a £238m investment from the DWP, the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme will assist those left out of work for over three months to improve their chances of finding new employment.
Over the duration of the scheme, the Wise Group will recruit a team of 60 new employment advisors to deliver support across 13 local authorities in the West and South of Scotland. They will offer specialist advice on CV writing and interview coaching, as well as helping jobseekers to move into new and emerging sectors. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to engage with a personal work coach while taking advantage of a peer support system.
CEO for Capita Government Services, Andy Start, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to the economy and for jobseekers trying to find new roles. We have used our extensive experience designing and delivering digital services, which support diverse groups of vulnerable people, to develop our approach for the JETS programme and support the UK’s economic recovery.
“Through expert coaching, and our new Capita-developed digital platform, we hope to support many jobseekers in Scotland to make the transition from unemployment into work.”
The Wise Group’s Chief Executive Officer Sean Duffy added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Capita to deliver the JETS scheme and we look forward to helping those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“JETS will give jobseekers access to tailored, flexible support which is designed to help them quickly get back into employment and The Wise Group has over 35 years’ experience of delivering employability support that makes a real and lasting difference to the lives of thousands of people and families every year.”
The new multi-million-pound programme is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs and follows the launch of the £2billion Kickstart scheme which will create thousands of new high-quality jobs for young people.
To deliver the Plan, the Department for Work and Pensions is recruiting an additional 13,500 Work Coaches, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.
If you’re a jobseeker, contact your local Jobcentre Plus (JCP) or speak to your JCP Work Coach. If you’re an employer, find out how we can support your recruitment needs by emailing Laura Provan for more information.