Support package in place for workers hit by Covid-19 crisis

PEOPLE and businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis are again being urged to find out more about a package of support put in place by the county council, local enterprise partnership and partner organisations, as latest benefit claimant count figures are released today.

The claimant count figure for Staffordshire now stands at 4.9 per cent of the local population. The regional figure is 7.3 cent whilst the national stands at 6.5 per cent. Not all claimants are without employment.

The number of furloughed employees in Staffordshire stands at around a third of the local workforce, around the same as the national figure.

Initiatives such as the countywide Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service were set up at pace for businesses whose employees are at risk of redundancy, to employees at risk or to those who are furloughed and uncertain about their future.

The triage service is being co-ordinated by LEP and the National Careers Service West Midlands. It matches those recently made redundant with new work in the sectors currently experiencing growth. The service also works with businesses across that are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the pandemic.

It offers professional careers and jobs advice, free of charge to businesses and is bespoke to their requirements. This includes:

• Exploring the current jobs market, including those jobs in high-demand sectors and identify suitable work

• Understand people’s skills and qualities, with particular attention to their transferable skills

• How to write effective and tailored CVs

• Prepare and practice for interviews

• How to find and apply for jobs in a digital world – including using LinkedIN and social media

The triage service is entirely confidential and supported by qualified careers advisors. Business looking to support their staff transition into new work can contact the National Careers Service on 07879 603635. People at risk of redundancy, or who have been made redundant should contact the National Careers Service now on 0121 296 5550 or email ncswmenquieries@prospects.co.uk

People can find out about all support programmes by visiting www.stokestaffsgrowthhub.co.uk or calling 0300 111 8002.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills Philip White said: "As the latest out-of-work claimant count statistics are issued today we would again remind people and businesses to find out more about all of the support available to them that has been put in place by a range of partners in response to Covid-19.

"We expect the Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service to become increasingly busy in the coming weeks and months as we head towards the end of the national Job Retention Scheme. We’re also pleased that initiatives such as our micro business grant scheme have made a difference.

"While the latest figures come as no surprise, they demonstrate the impact of Covid-19 on our economy will be long lasting. People can be assured that the county council and its partners will continue to do all we can to support employees, those out of work or facing redundancy and our businesses through this period.”


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