Rishi Sunak pledges hope for all those who lose job with launch of new scheme

The Treasury has already announced help for workers who are able to go back part time, as well as retraining for the long-term unemployed, but the JETS scheme is aimed at those who have been out of work for 13 weeks or more in England and Wales. The Department for […]

The Treasury has already announced help for workers who are able to go back part time, as well as retraining for the long-term unemployed, but the JETS scheme is aimed at those who have been out of work for 13 weeks or more in England and Wales.

The Department for Work and Pensions will recruit an extra 13,500 work coaches, doubling the current number, to help jobseekers with interview coaching, CVs and specialist advice on getting jobs in growth sectors of the economy.

The scheme is expected to help up to 250,000 people, and will begin in the North East, North West, Southern England, Wales and South London before being rolled out across the rest of England later this month.

Mr Sunak is also expected to use his speech to promote the Government’s “Building Back Greener” policy, aimed at making Britain the Silicon Valley of clean electricity generation.

He will highlight the creation of 1,000 jobs by Octopus Energy at sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester. The firm has developed technology to ensure more homes are able to automatically access green energy when it is available, cutting the cost of bills.

Mr Sunak said: “More green jobs is not only good news for British job seekers – it’s a vote of confidence in the UK economy as it recovers, and pivotal to our collective efforts to build a greener, cleaner planet.”

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