The Minister for Employment Mims Davies has called on employers in fishing sector to tap into job-ready Universal Credit claimants

The Minister for Employment Mims Davies has called on employers in fishing sector to fishing sector to tap into DWP Jobcentres 

The Minister for Employment Mims Davies has called on employers across the farming, food and fishing sectors to tap into the talents of thousands of job-ready Universal Credit claimants. 

With a record 1.3 million vacancies available and hundreds of thousands of people on Universal Credit actively looking for work, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is running an ambitious national push – the Way to Work campaign – to get 500,000 more jobseekers into work by the end of June.  

Speaking to the farming, food and fishing sectors yesterday (Wednesday, 11 May) in a special webinar hosted by DWP, the Minister for Employment Mims Davies highlighted the Way to Work campaign as an avenue to help recruiters fill the high number of roles available in their industries. 

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DWP Jobcentres all over the country are helping jobseekers look to new sectors for work opportunities, including in food, fishing and farming who have a high demand for workers right now. With hundreds of Jobcentres dotted in every region, DWP is well-equipped to match and train the many talented, work-ready people on Universal Credit, to take on unfilled vacancies across these sectors. 

The Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP said: 

“Our Way to Work campaign connects thousands of job ready candidates with employers in a wide range of exciting sectors who are looking for new recruits to fill their vacancies. 

“That’s why I encourage all employers to tap into their local Jobcentre and the talents of those eager to start new roles who are just down the road – you never know who might make a huge difference to your business.” 

The government knows people in full time work are £6,000 than on benefits, and that it makes business sense to tap into the talent available at Jobcentres to fill much-needed roles. 

DWP’s Jobcentre network is already supporting the farming, fishing and food sectors to fill roles through Sector-based Work Academy Placements (SWAPs), which train up claimants to work in a new sector. For example, in Norfolk, Dereham Jobcentre has created SWAP placements to help local people train for roles on the farm, such as turkey catching. Other Jobcentres in Kent have also created similar training. 

To find out more about how DWP can support your recruitment needs, please visit https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/way-to-work 

Source: Press Release 

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