New initiative launched to assist Adur and Worthing residents facing unemployment

Released: Tuesday, 10 November 2020

A new resource to support residents of Adur and Worthing who are at risk of unemployment due to the COVID pandemic has been launched.

Adur & Worthing Councils have joined forces with several partner organisations to create 'Help to Work' - a one-stop-shop for local people to get employment advice, access a range of resources to support job hunting, such as tips on CV writing and preparing for job interviews, along with signposting to local training and apprenticeship opportunities.

'Help to Work' is the latest initiative developed by Adur & Worthing Councils to support people - and businesses - who have been impacted by COVID. Unemployment is on the rise in Adur and Worthing, with the latest figures from the HMRC showing that more than 6% of the workforce are claiming income support - which is above the 5.5% average for West Sussex.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“Despite the extension of the government's Job Retention Scheme until the end of March 2021, many local people have already been made redundant, and others are at risk of redundancy when the furlough scheme ends. Our aim is to support people to find alternative employment - or pursue other opportunities such as re-training.”

The Help to Work initiative is part of a wider package of business and employment support provided by Adur & Worthing Councils. It is also offering training to local businesses who are going through the redundancy process and will be providing work experience opportunities through the Kickstart scheme, a government programme to help young people on universal credit to secure employment.

Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“It's a time of uncertainty for many people, of all ages. We want to make sure that those whose employment has been affected by the pandemic, are worried about their jobs or are struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, are signposted to good quality information and resources to help them plan for their future.”

PR20-143 - Worried about work - Help to Work AW

(PR20-143)

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