New milestone as JETs supports 3000 into work in first year

The Local London Work and Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS) programme has marked a successful first year with a significant milestone; helping more than 3,000 participants back into work.

The employment programme, delivered by Maximus UK, was set up in response to the Covid pandemic to boost employment opportunities in nine London boroughs, and supports people to learn new skills, engage with local employers and find a job.

Magdalena Vlasie from Barking had been struggling financially following the loss of her job during the pandemic. She became the 3000th person to be helped through the programme, receiving support to complete a vocational course.

Speaking about her experience, Magdalena, 50, said; “Maximus has been a huge support for me. I was having a very difficult time, but with the guidance and support of my advisor, I was able to move forward. She gave me confidence and approached my situation with respect.”

“I congratulate Maximus UK for a job well done and for helping people to transform their lives”.

Launched in October 2020, the scheme, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions, provides up to six months of support from employment advisors. Since then, more than 3,200 people from the Local London boroughs have been successfully returned to work.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Chairman of Local London said: “The JETs programme continues to deliver positive results for unemployed people in East London. Whilst numerous sectors have been ravaged by the pandemic, JETs is helping people to understand their transferable skills and find alternatives, whilst also re-building their confidence and self-belief. It’s a brilliant programme.”

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:
“Hats off to the Local London and Maximus teams, in partnership with our brilliant DWP Work Coaches, for helping over 3,000 jobseekers across the capital get back into work through JETS. Our Plan for Jobs is delivering for people of all ages – giving them the tailored support they need to find that next opportunity and progress in their careers.”

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