Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP

MP For North Swindon

Swindon MPs Welcome New Employment Programme

•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

Jobseekers in Swindon are set to benefit from a new employment programme which launched on 5/10/2020, 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.

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.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, who is also Minister of State at the DWP has been working tirelessly to deliver a plan which will see an additional 13,500 Work Coaches recruited, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.

Justin commented:

“We have been providing unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic including through furlough and subsidising the incomes of the self-employed.

We are doing all that we can to protect peoples’ livelihoods - but sadly not every job can be saved.

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. It is just one element of our wider Plan for Jobs which will aim to help those who are left out of work as a result of Covid-19.”

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland 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.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

“The support we have put in place has protected millions of livelihoods and businesses since the start of the pandemic, but I’ve always been clear that we can’t save every job.”

“I’ve spoken about the damaging effects of being out of work and my number one priority is to ensure we provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, leaving no one without hope.”


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