The DWP’s Work and Health Programme is being extended to provide early access to labour market support for those made unemployed due to Covid-19.

This will be known as JETS – Job Entry: Targeted Support, and will be live from 5 October 2020 for a minimum of 12 months. It is distinct and separate from the Work and Health Programme, and will be designed to maximise opportunities for those made redundant due to COVID-19.

Primary objectives of JETS  

  1. make support available to people who have been out of work for at least 13 weeks (not including furlough), to help them gain paid employment
  2. maximise the opportunities to support people to find work, given the reduced availability of DWP resource / capacity
  3. support each participant to develop realistic job goals and career paths; identify suitable and achievable steps to realise these goals
  4. ensure each participant receives tailored quality support to overcome barriers to securing employment in the prevailing local labour market sector conditions, including sign posting to other support available
  5. ensure providers work closely with employers, local partners and services to respond to key events or labour market changes with positive and innovative solutions

What will JETS include?

JETS support is based around getting participants into employment, building on providers’ links with employers at local level. It will include (but is not limited to):

  • assessment of employment support needs
  • help with IT skills, job search, CV writing, interview support
  • support to consider different employment sectors/routes and ways of working including home working
  • building confidence, self-belief and self-motivation
  • support for anxieties about working in a Covid-19 environment including potential access to mental health and wellbeing support
  • signposting to other support dependent on personal characteristics and/or circumstances e.g. support offer for school leavers or older workers
  • signposting to skills support and other support and training
  • signposting to other provision such as WHP and IPES if more intensive support needs are identified and they are eligible

Further information

Further information about the wide range of support available from Jobcentre Plus to help people back to work is available on the Job Help site, part of Gov.uk

People interested in the support offered by JETS are advised to talk to their work coach if this looks like the help they need to move them towards and into work.

If you require further information about JETS, please contact: Steve Matthews (Steve.Matthews1@dwp.gov.uk)

JETS is provided in this area by Pluss

Please click here to download the DPW presentation giving more detailed information.