Jobcentre Plus offers help and support to everyone. There is no typical person seeking help and Jobcentre Plus provides customers with the level of assistance that is appropriate to them. Jobcentre Plus advisers work with individuals to provide information about any financial help that may be available, and how they can use their skills and experience to find suitable employment.
The service has strengthened its links with recruitment agencies – signing a memorandum of understanding with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
Leeds City Council has a network of Jobshops throughout the city that give advice on jobs and training opportunities. They offer:
Call (0113) 247 5465 to find out where your local Jobshop is.
Jobcentre Plus works closely with all sizes of employers throughout the region to find opportunities for job seekers. This ranges from basic advertising of vacancies to developing long term relationships with employers to increase the range and scope of opportunities. Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs) are a major innovation in the way that Jobcentre Plus works with employers. They are a simple deal between Jobcentre Plus and employers:
In West Yorkshire, Local Employment Partnerships have been a big success with 2,274 employers participating. Already 3,369 of what are described as the “most disadvantaged” customers have successfully obtained employment though these partnerships. The remit of Local Employment Partnerships has recently been extended and the opportunities are now available to both the long term and newly unemployed.
Jobcentre Plus has accessed Government and European funding to provide training and support. Advisers will refer suitable customers to a range of training courses, depending upon their needs. Courses include health and hygiene certificates, safety passports, forklift driving licences and also soft skills that employers need. The Learning and Skills Council funds training and development, in particular level 2 and many level 3 qualifications. (Level 2 is equivalent to 5 GCSEs A* - C, Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A Levels).
Under the previous rules, people losing their jobs only got help with mortgage costs up to £100,000 after 39 weeks of being unemployed. From January 2009, this was be brought forward to 13 weeks and the capital amount increased to £200,000.
£2bn has been invested nationally to make sure there are enough expert advisors on hand at Jobcentre Plus and that people get the support they need – including to update CVs, carry out job searches and complete job application forms. More specialist advisers have been placed in Leeds offices.
The Government held an employment summit on January 12 with employers, business representatives and skills providers and announced an enhanced package of support for people who have been claiming Jobseekers Allowance for six months. From this month, everyone reaching six months unemployment will receive extra support from advisers. This will involve regular extended meetings to discuss with customers a range of work and training options which they may be able to access. These include:
Jobcentres across Leeds will be delivering the new services and will ensure that all eligible customers are able to benefit from these changes.
Redundancy can be a worrying time and Jobcentre Plus will do all it can to support you. You can find more information about your rights and help available through the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform at www.berr.gov.uk/employment/redundancy. Call Jobcentre Plus to discuss any benefits that you may be eligible for.
On your last day at work you should receive all the wages you are entitled to, plus payment for any outstanding period of notice that you have not worked. You should also receive:
This is a fund, administered by Jobcentre Plus, and available to support individuals affected by redundancy. RRS funds may be provided in addition to any support being provided by the employer or other partners. The service has recently been strengthened and expanded nationally and funding has doubled for this financial year from £3m to £6m - and will double again in 2009/10 to £12m. In Leeds, the Rapid Response service to any individual losing their job through redundancy and help includes the following:
Jobcentre Plus will also provide information about other jobs within the labour market, match redundant workers to known vacancies, help them draw up CVs, improve their job search skills, and provide general information about benefits and making a claim.
During this call an appointment will be made for you at your local Jobcentre Plus office, usually within a few days of your call.
At the Jobcentre Plus office you will see a Personal Adviser who will discuss your employment history with you, explain what you need to do now and help you start your job search. During this meeting you will be given a copy of the Job Kit, a useful guide with advice and tips on looking for a job. You can get at copy at www.direct.gov.uk Have a look at the Job Points in your local office. A Job Point is an easy to use touch screen that offers access to thousands of different jobs and useful information.
Use as many channels and methods as possible to search for jobs. Customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance visit their local Jobcentre Plus office every two weeks to discuss their job search and get any additional help that they need.
The top 15 notified vacancies, for the quarter ending February, 2009, in the Leeds Local Authority Area were:
The top professional vacancies notified, for the quarter ending February, 2009, in the Leeds Local Authority Area were: