Seetec Pluss supports over 10,000 people into work across the South West

Employment and health specialist Seetec Pluss is delighted to have supported over 10,000 jobseekers into work in the South West of England, after they were referred to the Government’s Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme.  

The programme, which began in October 2020 as a response to the pandemic, has been providing vital support to job seekers across the region. The support offers jobseekers with a dedicated member of staff who can help them with a range of activities – including access to skills, training, and support with digital upskilling – to help build their confidence, self-belief and get back into sustainable work. It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.  

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “It’s wonderful to see over 10,000 people across the South West are back in work thanks to our JETS scheme. Hats off to the Seetec Pluss team – this partnership with our fantastic DWP Work Coaches and JCPs has been supporting people every step of the way, helping them to secure a brilliant next opportunity and really progress in their career by filling local vacancies.” 

Seetec Pluss Operations Director Tara Fisher said: “We are delighted to have helped so many people rebuild their lives and find new employment opportunities over the last 12 months. It has been such a difficult time for so many. The JETS Scheme is providing vital one to one support, helping people get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.” 

Molly Crabb from Torbay, Devon, made her journey from unemployed to self-employed a tasty one by pursing her passion for baking and launching Greedy Cow Cakes. 

“I was referred to the JETS Scheme in November 2020, I told my employment advisor that I wanted to start my own bakery business. I was given great support and advice to get my business up and running.” 

Robert Ellis, 60 from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was made redundant in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and was referred to the JETS programme. Robert was concerned that his age would hinder his job search, but Robert explained: “I was having problems negotiating my way around the digital world of applying for work and needed more 1:1 support. I have been self-employed most of my life, so this was all new to me. My employment advisor kept me motivated. I am now in full time employment, and I have already completed a Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification and looking forward to completing Level 3.” 

Seetec Pluss Executive Director Employability Chris Harrison concluded: “To achieve this milestone is a significant testament to the dedication of our teams, our local partners and stakeholders, and the resilience of the community in the South West.  

“We know that there are many more people that are and will continue to benefit from our services across the region, including the Work & Health Programme and Restart Scheme; both of which we are proud to deliver on behalf of the DWP. The transformation in people’s lives once they find employment is a joy and we are privileged to be part of their journey.” 

Seetec Pluss manages the Work and Health Programme JETS in Cornwall, Devon, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Bristol, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Sussex.  

To find out more:   

Jobseekers: Want to get back into work fast? Find out more:https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/programme/work-and-health-programme-jets/  

Employers: Looking for a great job-ready candidate: Find out more:https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/employers/recruiting-for-recovery/  

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About JETS  

  • The Work and Health JETS Programme is an expansion of the Work and Health Programme (which supports people to get back into work). It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.  
  • JETS stands for Job Entry Targeted Support.  
  • It is anticipated that Work and Health Programme JETS will support 50,000 people over a 12-month period.  
  • JETS tailored support is available over the phone or online. Face-to-face appointments can be organised at a Covid-secure office following an initial telephone discussion.  

For further information please contact: Nancy Rogers 07779 251 711 Nancy.rogers@seetec.co.uk

JETS scheme helps over-50s achieve post-Covid-19 career change

Two Wiltshire residents have proved it’s never too late to change career after struggling to find work during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

While the impact of the pandemic has hit younger workers hardest, older workers too have been left in a precarious position, particularly as the furlough scheme ends this month. 

Earlier in the year, over a quarter of furlough jobs were held by the over 50s, some 1.3 million people, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Latest labour market statistics, published this month, show a small drop in the employment rate for over 50s this year to 71.2%, with nearly 800,000 people aged 50-64 either actively seeking or willing to work. 

Employment and health specialist Seetec Pluss has recently supported two men aged over 55 into new career opportunities, after they were referred to the Government’s Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme.  

Robert Ellis, 60 from Trowbridge, was made redundant in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and was referred to the JETS      programme.  Robert explained: “I was having problems negotiating my way around the digital world of applying for work and needed more 1:1 support.  

“Seetec Pluss provided me with a PC, pointing me in the right direction to find jobs and supporting me to apply for vacancies. My main barrier was my lack of digital skills. I have been self-employed most of my life, so this was all new to me. My Employment Advisor kept me motivated. 

“I was put forward for a multi-skilled operative position with a building services specialist. I was delighted when I was told I had got the position and I started my new job a week later. Financially this has put me in a much better position, but it has also improved my mental wellbeing, by giving me back a routine and some purpose.”  

Robert has already completed his Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification and is looking forward to completing Level 3. 

Stephen Goodwood, 55 from Swindon, had 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry when he was made redundant two years ago. He said: “Shortly after, my father was diagnosed with cancer and I spent almost two years caring for him before he sadly passed away.  

“This really affected me and although I wanted to return to work, I was a little lost on where to begin, and with the pandemic hitting, it put my industry on its knees.  

“My Seetec Pluss Advisor kept me motivated with regular calls and helped me re-train and gain certificates in first aid, food hygiene, business administration and customer care to help me transition into a new career. This supported my confidence to move forward.   

“I have now moved into a different industry, facilities management, and I have secured a fabrication technician position that is varied and interesting for a great company with fantastic pay.  

“Seetec Pluss supported me with purchasing tools for this position. Having this job has given me back my self-respect, motivation with life and a financial freedom and security that I did not have whilst I was on benefits. I am now really looking forward to the future.”  

Seetec Pluss Operations Director Tara Fisher said: “The JETS Scheme provides jobseekers with a lifeline of support to help them rebuild their confidence, self-belief and get back into sustainable work.   

“Age should not define career opportunities. Working closely with each person, our coaches offer 1:1 personalised support to help people identify transferrable skills, prepare CVs, get through the difficult days and feel confident about the talents they have to offer.  

“Stephen and Robert are great examples of jobseekers who have embraced re-skilling and have been successful in transitioning to new careers later in life. Due to Covid, the jobs market is challenging at the moment, but the opportunities are still out there.”  

Seetec Pluss is the prime contractor for the Work and Health Programme JETS in Cornwall, Devon, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Sussex. To find out more:   

Jobseekers: Want to get back into work fast? https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/programme/work-and-health-programme-jets/  

Employers: Looking for a great job-ready candidate: https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/employers/recruiting-for-recovery/  

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Note to editors  

About JETS  

●    The Work and Health JETS Programme is an expansion of the Work and Health Programme (which supports people to get back into work). It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.  

●      JETS stands for Job Entry Targeted Support.  

●      It is anticipated that Work and Health Programme JETS will support 50,000 people over a  12-month period.  

●      JETS tailored support is available over the phone or online. Face-to-face appointments can be organised at a Covid-secure office following an initial telephone discussion.  

Statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/economic-labour-market-status-of-individuals-aged-50-and-over-trends-over-time-september-2021/economic-labour-market-status-of-individuals-aged-50-and-over-trends-over-time-september-2021#employment (September 9 2021) 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/ageing/articles/livinglonger/olderworkersduringthecovid19pandemic (May 4 2021)  

For further information please contact: Nancy Rogers 07779 251 711 Nancy.rogers@seetec.co.uk 

JETS job scheme relaunching 100,000 careers

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On average, nearly 500 jobseekers a day across Great Britain have started on the government’s £238 million JETS – Job Entry Targeted Support – scheme over the last seven months.

And just under 13,000 have already returned to work after securing new roles through JETS.

With opportunities opening up as the country proceeds carefully along the roadmap to Covid-recovery, it means the Department for Work and Pensions is well on the way to hitting its target of helping 250,000 by September.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said:

Behind these figures are real people dealt a rough hand by the pandemic who are now receiving vital support to get back into work, at a time when they need it most.

Our Plan for Jobs is delivering and opening up opportunities in every region and nation across the country, and we remain relentlessly focused on turning our jabs into jobs as we build back better.

The support helps people out of work for three months by giving them access to the tailored, flexible support needed to move back into work quickly. That includes specialist advice on how they can utilise existing or build new skills to move into growing sectors where jobs are available, such as green energy and construction, as well as CV and interview guidance.

Elliot Dock, aged 33, from Eastbourne is one of the successful JETS graduates now in work as a direct result of the scheme. He was struggling to find a job during the pandemic despite having previous experience of working on a farm. This was where his passion lay and his Work Coach set him up on a skills course to boost his employability.

He is now working for an agricultural contracting company based in West Sussex and is thankful for all the support he received in firing up his career again.

Elliot said:

My experience of JETS has been outstanding. I’m so grateful for all the help in finding work, and not only any old job but something I’m actually interested in, at a place where I can build a career.

Chief Executive of the Shaw Trust, one of the eleven organisations delivering the support, Chris Luck said:

I’m delighted that through JETS we have supported Elliot back into the career field he enjoys.  We know that good work is more than just a job; it gives purpose and brings a sense of well-being.

At Shaw Trust, in partnership with the DWP, we are proud to support hundreds to return to work and see them begin to rebuild their lives.

The announcement follows new employment figures released last week that showed the unemployment rate had fallen for a third month to 4.8% – with government continuing to ramp up support to get people back into work.

Once enrolled the tailored programme also gives job hunters the boost they need to return to employment through an action plan agreed with their personal adviser, peer support and signposting to opportunities to build vital skills.

JETS is a key pillar of the government’s Plan for Jobs, which is helping people of all ages into work. The flagship Kickstart Scheme has seen an average of 400 young people a day start a job over the last month, with over 200,000 new high quality jobs created.

To help deliver the Plan, the DWP has recruited an additional 13,500 Work Coaches to protect, support and create jobs across the country, providing one-to-one support tailored to individual claimants and local jobs markets.

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Launch of Work and Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS)

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The scheme, which is called JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support), – is backed by a £238 million investment from the government.

JETS will provide employment support to Universal Credit claimants in the all work related requirements group and New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks. 

Those put forward for the scheme, by their work coach, will have access to tailored, flexible support to quickly get back into employment. The new programme will see a number of providers offer a range of help, including specialist advice on how people can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.

The programme will also give jobseekers the boost they need to return to employment through an action plan agreed with their Work Coach, peer support and opportunities to build their skills.

Shaw Trust CEO, Chris Luck, said:

Shaw Trust is pleased to build on its partnership with DWP in the new Job Entry Targeted Support programme. Shaw Trust has the skill, experience and capacity to help the thousands of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. We aim to help participants return to work as swiftly as possible, as the first few months are critical in preventing long-term unemployment.

“As a social enterprise we are committed to maximising social value for those we support in our programmes, our commissioners and ultimately the tax payer.”

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