More work coaches to help Falkirk jobseekers

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has deployed hundreds of additional work coaches in an effort to help people get back into employment.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 4:45 pm

Across Scotland a further 718 work coaches will ensure more people will get personalised support to assist them to find their next job, or gain new skills.

The DWP nas now reached the major milestone of 10,000 new work coaches supporting people around the UK.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said: “This is a hugely significant milestone in our recruitment drive. We have now recruited 10,000 new work coaches across Britain, 718 of which are in Scotland.

Job centres will now have even more work coaches to help people find employment

“They will be at the heart of our bold and ambitious Plan for Jobs, with their expertise and guidance crucial in supporting Scottish jobseekers in retraining, upskilling or re-entering the workplace as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Throughout the pandemic, work coaches have been providing online support, continuing to help jobseekers build their skills and find new jobs as some sectors have continued to recruit.

With a growing Jobs Army, and ahead of restrictions easing, the DWP is also investing in new, temporary jobcentres for the new recruits, making sure support is accessible.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “We have made every effort to support jobs in Scotland throughout the pandemic with UK Government schemes such as furlough, support for the self-employed and business loans.

“And we have an ambitious vision for the future. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs through which billions of pounds have been invested to protect, support and create employment."