A new employment programme, aimed at helping south London residents who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, launched on Monday 5 October.
The South London Work & Health Programme: Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) will be delivered by Reed in Partnership and provide participants with tailored support to quickly get back into employment.
Residents of Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Kingston, who are in receipt of benefit and have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks, will be able to work with a specialist Employment Adviser to develop a personal Action Plan and access training on key employment skills including:
- CV Writing
- Interview Skills
- Transferable Skills
- Job Searching
- Self Confidence
Cllr John Sweeney, Portfolio Holder for Business and Leisure at Kingston Council, said, “We’ve all felt the impact of COVID-19. Kingston Council, along with partners, community and voluntary groups across Kingston, are working hard to provide support for our residents and businesses.
"JETS is one of a number of initiatives we are currently undertaking to protect the economic sectors that contribute to the borough's economic productivity, and mitigate high rates of unemployment and low trade caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Kingston is also supporting the new Kickstart Scheme to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and considered to be at risk of long-term unemployment. A placement will help the young person build experience and move towards regular employment."
As part of the JETS scheme financial support will also be available for a variety of job searching activities, such as travel costs, interview clothing, health assessments and training. Reed in Partnership will work closely with employers across south London to ensure participants have access to a wide variety of job vacancies across relevant sectors.
For more information or to find out how you could join the programme, speak to your Jobcentre Work Coach or contact your local Reed in Partnership office.