Economy, Skills, Welfare to Work

– Skills support to lift jobless into work

New skills support to lift jobless out of unemployment 

Jobseekers will be able to get far more help identifying needs and learning new skills that will help them back to work. This announcement came out last week but we thought that we would pause for thought.

Jobseekers will be given greater and better co-ordinated access to careers advice, starting with a pilot programme that will significantly boost the number of careers advisers providing services in Jobcentres and help shape the new National Careers Service, which starts in April 2012.

The pilot programme will give Jobcentre Plus claimants;

  • full-time access to careers advice
  • better, more flexible support to help jobseekers gain the skills to get into work.
  • The pilot will take place in 22 Jobcentre Plus locations across the country.

This is part of a wider package of skills support for those looking for work which was launched in August and is designed to provide a more flexible and tailored approach to skills involving Jobcentre Plus, careers advice, colleges and employers.

John Hayes –riding to the rescue  said:

““We are building a system that will help people acquire the skills they need to get into work and get on with life. Reforming the way that Jobcentre Plus, careers advice, colleges and other training providers and employers interact at a local level is critical to our success.”

“Giving jobseekers full-time convenient access to a tailored and improved careers advice service will significantly improve their chances of getting into work.”

Chris Grayling said: “We want to make sure that we give those looking for work the right skills that mean when we put them in front of an employer they get the job. Too often in the past jobseekers were sent off to do long courses that taught them skills that local employers didn’t value. That’s all changing, we are getting people job ready to take advantage of the opportunities being created across the economy.”

Sources:  DWP

Yes Minister comment

Mmmm.. this sounds familiar…. but I suppose this proves the point that

… “there is nothing new under the sun”….

As Ronny Carson used to say when asked why he was so funny… “Its the way you tell em”

If this initiative is going to be successful it’ll be ” The way you deliver em”


Eyullahemaye Henry


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