Thousands of West London residents who have recently lost their job due to COVID-19 can now access targeted support to help them get back into work.
Published: Friday, 30th October 2020
From Monday 19 October, more than £12million has been made available through the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme to help approximately 9,000 people to find work and to develop new skills (e.g. digital) and retrain to improve their chances of securing alternative employment. The West London Alliance (which includes the seven London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow) welcomes the additional funding and is making the case to Government for more support. The programme is being co-financed by the European Social Fund.
West London has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 so there is a greater demand for this kind of support. It has seen some of the highest increases in unemployment and this is before furlough finishes at the end of this month.
The Job Entry Targeted Support scheme is delivered in West London through the Shaw Trust and is designed to help people to find work who have been unemployed and in receipt of benefits for at least 13 weeks. The employment advisors will support individuals for up to six months through one to one meetings, helping people to overcome barriers to employment and identifying transferrable skills to expand their opportunities. Candidates will also have access to online courses, training, video tutorials and information on suitable live vacancies.
Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services at Hounslow Council said:
“We welcome this new funding to help our residents who have recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Hounslow is one of the boroughs worst hit in London, due to its heavy reliance on Heathrow and the ripple effect that has been suffered across the local economy.
“We know that many of our residents are very keen to explore new options and this scheme will give them the targeted help they need to prepare for the recruitment process and to retrain if needed.
Cllr Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, which commissioned the service on behalf of WLA said
“Uniquely, we are matching the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grant with European Social Fund monies to offer more places and a richer service with more links to training than are available in other parts of the country. But more funding will be needed to help our residents transition to new jobs in different sectors.”
For more information on the scheme please visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/jets-programme
To access support, please get in touch directly on 0800 389 0186 or email: ShawTrustWLA@shaw-trust.org.uk to confirm your eligibility.