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Job support and training for people hit by pandemic

People who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are being assured that support and training is available to help them back into the workplace.

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During the last six months Swansea Council's employability service Swansea Working has assisted 679 in some way with 109 people helped directly into work and 122 supported with access training, education or to achieve qualifications.

Due to the pandemic the number of people out of work is expected to rise and the service has a number of programmes to meet individual circumstances.

Cllr Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "Swansea, like the rest of Wales and the UK, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Covid-19 has not gone away and it is important that we continue to follow the rules to keep people safe so that over time restrictions can be eased as infection rates come down.

"During the last six months business in Swansea have received almost £100m in support from Swansea Council and Welsh and UK Government schemes but sadly people have lost their jobs and more will follow.

"As well as supporting employers, Swansea Council is doing everything and more through the employability programmes we host to help people in Swansea back to work.  Our employability team are here to help people find employment and are also here for Swansea."

Swansea Council delivers employability support through its Communities for Work, Communities for Work Plus, Workways Plus and Cam Nesa programmes.

The councils 'Swansea Working' approach helps residents who require support to be allocated to the right programme based on their need and circumstances.

This takes away the problem of job seekers trying to find the right programme to support them back into work.

The council is also supporting the Governments new £2bn Kickstart programme, aimed at supporting young people aged 16-24 into fully funded six-month work placements. Employability staff are reaching out to employers across the City to promote the scheme and offer assistance as a DWP intermediary partner.

For more information please email kickstart@swansea.gov.uk or call 01792 637112

As part of the council's offer the Swansea Working Webpages have been updated with useful resources and information to help jobseekers find employment - www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseaworking

Job seekers can also keep up to speed with the latest opportunities and information on social media either via Facebook: Gweithio Abertawe-Swansea Working or Twitter: @AbertaweWorking

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