The British Government has announced a more than £500 million expansion of the government’s successful ‘Plan for Jobs’.
Workers leaving the furlough scheme and unemployed people over the age of 50 will be helped back into work as part of this expansion, and those on the lowest wages will also be helped to progress in their careers.
The new package will ensure workers receive better information and guidance on later life planning, helping them make informed choices and supporting them to plan their career and remain in work.
For those who have lost their jobs, this funding will ensure that older job seekers on Universal Credit receive more intensive, tailored support as they look to take the next step in their career.
The Government is also prioritising support for those coming off furlough and on Universal Credit through the Job Finding Support (JFS) scheme. This scheme provides online, tailored, one-to-one support for people unemployed for less than three months, including recruitment advice from a skilled adviser, support with CVs, and mock interviews.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Economy, Paul Davies MS said:
“As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, the focus on well-paid, secure jobs has never been more important.
“If Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay focussed on our economic recovery rather wasting its energy on constitutional battles and pleasing academics and their friends in the bubble, then hardworking families across Wales would benefit.
“The British Government is determined to harness the potential of Wales and our skilled workforce – it’s now time for the Labour Government to focus on its day job so we can deliver on people’s priorities and maximise our country’s potential.”