The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced plans to recruit thousands of new work coaches to operate in Jobcentres across the country, as the government responds to a rising number of job losses due to impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
A press release published on the gov.uk website reads: “From today (Thursday 10 September 2020), jobseekers across the country will be able to apply for one of thousands of new jobcentre Work Coach vacancies being offered by the Department for Work and Pensions, as part of its pledge to double the number of Work Coaches to 27,000 by March 2021.
“Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital, as the UK strives to build back an even stronger and more resilient economy.
“Thousands of new Work Coaches will be at the forefront of this recovery, and will be deployed in communities across the country.
“These expert Work Coaches will be trained in how to get the best out of people and make sure they have the support they need to get back into work.
“Through a rapid recruitment plan, the department will have 4,500 Work Coaches in place by October 2020, with a further 9,000 by March next year.”
The work coaches will help to deliver new programmes, such as the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme which aims to provide young jobseekers with six-months of paid work experience with employers from all sectors.
Jobseekers on the scheme will be paid at least the National Living Wage (related to their age) for the duration of their placement.
New work coaches will also provide increased back-to-work support for 40,000 jobseekers of all ages through the DWP’s Sector-based Work Academy Placements.
Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said: “Getting Britain back into work is key to our national recovery and our DWP Work Coaches are on the frontline of this effort – boosting their numbers means we can build back stronger.
“Our Work Coaches not only deliver financial support to millions of claimants across the country, but take time to listen, encourage, advise, and ensure everyone has access to the best support available – helping those facing a tough time get back on their feet sooner.
“If you are someone who cares about your community and are keen to take on a fresh role helping others, then you can make a real difference by becoming a Work Coach and I want you to join our team today.”