Over 10,000 residents in the South West are enjoying new and fulfilling employment with the help of Seetec Pluss.

Employment and health specialist Seetec Pluss is delighted to have supported over 10,000 jobseekers into work in the South West of England, after they were referred to the Government’s Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme.

The programme, which began in October 2020 as a response to the pandemic, has been providing vital support to job seekers across the region. The support offers jobseekers with a dedicated member of staff who can help them with a range of activities – including access to skills, training, and support with digital upskilling – to help build their confidence, self-belief and get back into sustainable work. It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “It’s wonderful to see over 10,000 people across the South West are back in work thanks to our JETS scheme. Hats off to the Seetec Pluss team – this partnership with our fantastic DWP Work Coaches and JCPs has been supporting people every step of the way, helping them to secure a brilliant next opportunity and really progress in their career by filling local vacancies.”

Seetec Pluss Operations Director Tara Fisher said: “We are delighted to have helped so many people rebuild their lives and find new employment opportunities over the last 12 months. It has been such a difficult time for so many. The JETS Scheme is providing vital one to one support, helping people get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.”

Molly Crabb from Torbay, Devon made her journey from unemployed to self-employed a tasty one by pursing her passion for baking and launching Greedy Cow Cakes. “I was referred to the JETS Scheme in November 2020, I told my employment advisor that I wanted to start my own bakery business. I was given great support and advice to get my business up and running.”

Robert Ellis, 60 from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was made redundant in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and was referred to the JETS programme. Robert was concerned that his age would hinder his job search, but Robert explained: “I was having problems negotiating my way around the digital world of applying for work and needed more 1:1 support. I have been self-employed most of my life, so this was all new to me. My employment advisor kept me motivated. I am now in full time employment, and I have already completed a Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification and looking forward to completing Level 3.”

Seetec Pluss Executive Director Employability Chris Harrison concluded: “To achieve this milestone is a significant testament to the dedication of our teams, our local partners and stakeholders, and the resilience of the community in the South West.

“We know that there are many more people that are and will continue to benefit from our services across the region, including the Work & Health Programme and Restart Scheme; both of which we are proud to deliver on behalf of the DWP. The transformation in people’s lives once they find employment is a joy and we are privileged to be part of their journey.”

Seetec Pluss manages the Work and Health Programme JETS in Cornwall, Devon, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Bristol, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Sussex.

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