The Skills Toolkit Campaign: An hour to skill 2021

Written by HM Government Free courses to help you learn new skills or get a new job. Learn about: practical maths computer essentials personal growth and wellbeing professional development business and finance digital design and marketing computer science and coding An Hour to Skill Set aside just one hour a week in 2021 to take…

Change to Jobcentre Plus opening times; now 10am-2pm

Written by the Department for Work & Pensions To help keep customers and colleagues as safe as possible in the latest phase of the pandemic, DWP has decided that Jobcentre opening hours will be 10am to 2pm beginning on Monday 18 January 2021. This temporary change means we can continue providing safe, essential services for those…

DWP: Touchbase – 15 January 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Change to Jobcentre opening hours From Monday 18th January, jobcentre opening hours will be 10am to 2pm. This temporary change means we can continue providing safe, essential services for those who need to come into the jobcentre and who are unable to interact with us on the phone or digitally….

Openreach teams up with Jobcentre Plus on entry-level civil engineering jobs for women

An information session will take place on Wednesday 20 January regarding a new recruitment campaign geared at attracting female applicants to civil engineering jobs. Openreach – which manages the nationwide telecommunications infrastructure used by BT and other service providers – is working with DWP/JCB to find suitable candidates. Full details on the opportunity and information…

Job vacancies: DWP EO Work Coach

DWP EO Work Coach – North Central Group – South Yorkshire DWP are currently advertising for 82 Work Coaches across South Yorkshire on an initial 12 month Fixed Term Appointment There are a range of Working Patterns, both full and part time. The salary is £27,565 Description The Work Coach holds a key role in…

DWP: Touchbase – 23 December 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Update for clinically vulnerable individuals If clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals live in an area where shielding is reintroduced, they will receive a notification advising them to shield, such as a letter from their doctor or from the Government. If someone is CEV, they should not work outside the home…

DWP: Touchbase – 18 December 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Kickstart Scheme update Through our Kickstart scheme, DWP is funding the creation of new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. We have seen a very positive response from employers with over 32,000 roles already approved in the first few months. We have been continuing to listen and work…

DWP: Job Finding Support (JFS) – Awareness for External Partners

Written by the Department for Work & Pensions What is JFS? Job Finding Support (JFS) is part of the ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced in July 2020 and is designed to help those who have recently become unemployed (up to 13 weeks), who may not need extensive support but would benefit from personalised support and advice…

Jobcentre Plus: Christmas & New Year opening times

Please see the table below for opening times at Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales over the upcoming festive period. England and Wales Date Opening times Thursday 24 December Offices are closed. Phone lines are open for missing or urgent payments only Friday 25 December Offices and phone lines are closed Monday 28 December Offices…

DWP: Touchbase – 11 December 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Update on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, from April 2021, adults without A-Levels or equivalent will be eligible to study for a free Level 3 qualification to help boost their job prospects and get ahead in work. There are almost 400 courses on offer…

DWP: Touchbase – 4 December 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Updated guidance on workplace inclusion and coronavirus A revised version of the Disability Confident / CIPD guide for line managers on disability employment has been published. The guide has been updated to reflect the changes in the world of work since the coronavirus outbreak. Disabled people have undoubtedly faced difficulties…

DWP: Touchbase – 27 November 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Restart programme to help over a million unemployed people This week DWP revealed further details of the £2.9bn Restart programme to help more than a million benefit claimants, which was announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review. This forms part of the Government’s wider Plan for Jobs to protect,…