DWP Touchbase: 9 October 2020
October 12, 2020
A roundup of recent DWP announcements  
Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to COVID Restrictions 
The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Find out more 
New employment programme launched 
This week DWP has launched Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS), a new programme that will provide employment support for those out of work for three months. Those put forward for the scheme by their Work Coach, will have access to tailored, flexible support to help them quickly get back into employment. The new programme will offer a range of help, including specialist advice on moving into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching. This will give jobseekers the boost they need to return to employment supported by an action plan agreed with their Work Coach, peer support and opportunities to build their skills. JETS will provide employment support to Universal Credit claimants in the all work related requirements group and New Style Jobseekers Allowance claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks. More information can be found at GOV.UK.  
Local employers join Kickstart 
Suffolk Libraries has become a Kickstart Scheme Gateway, supporting local employers in the area to take advantage of the new scheme creating job placements for young people. In this short clip you can find out why they joined the Kickstart Scheme. Any organisation can apply to become a Kickstart Scheme Gateway, including businesses, local authorities, trade bodies, Chambers of Commerce and charities. The Kickstart Scheme funds employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. Businesses applying for fewer than 30 positions over the lifetime of the scheme need to bid through a representative who will help them with their applications, ensure jobs are of a good quality and make sure that young people receive the right support. Find out more  
Green Homes Grant 
Applications are now open for the Green Homes Grant scheme. The scheme will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Some homeowners on income-based or disability benefits may be eligible for vouchers covering the full cost of improvement, up to £10,000.   
 Materials are available to share with homeowners and tradespeople.

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