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Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

More than 150,000 jobseekers across Britain will benefit from new employment support, helping them build their interview skills, find local vacancies and quickly get back into work.

A new team of 325 job search advisers is now available online or over the phone to support people who are recently unemployed and already have the skills and experience needed to move into a new career, but might not be sure where to start.

Over the next 12 months, an expected 160,000 jobseekers will receive digital support and advice as part of a new Job Finding Support (JFS) service in a further boost to the government's Plan for Jobs.

The quick-fire support, which takes place across four one-to-one sessions and aims to be completed in a matter of weeks, offers mock interviews, help to identify transferable skills and advice on how to switch industries, as well as online group sessions to improve job search techniques.

Therese Coffey, secretary of state for work and pensions, said: "Job Finding Support will help jobseekers brush up on interview skills and advice, giving them a helping hand to move back into work quickly.

"Our Plan for Jobs is helping us build back better and fairer, getting job support to people who need it right across Britain and levelling up opportunity."

The service is completely voluntary to all jobseekers who have been unemployed for less than 13 weeks and are claiming benefits. Participants are referred to the scheme through their work coach.

As the DWP drives forward the Plan for Jobs, it has supported over 40,000 people to retrain and upskill on the Sector-based Work Academy Programme; and recruited 8,500 new work coaches to spearhead efforts to get Britain working again.

Elizabeth Taylor, chief executive of ERSA, said: "The government's Plan for Jobs package of labour market initiatives is helping people to provide for their families throughout the pandemic and the Job Finding Support is another important step in helping jobseekers in these difficult times."

JFS will run in parallel to existing support available in jobcentres and will complement the role of work coaches who provide more intensive support for jobseekers, including anyone facing specific difficulties returning to work. This service will also free up frontline staff as they continue to help people access the financial support they need through the welfare safety net.

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