Finding the right job for you can sometimes feel like an impossible mission and this has only worsened because of the pandemic with many feeling career and financial anxieties. Together with our partners, Shaw Trust and West London Alliance, we are here to make sure you have the right help to find work. While you might experience challenges trying to find work, support is available, and you are not alone.
How can the programme help you?
The job entry targeted support (JETS) is a government funded employment programme that can help you to find work. It’s for people who have been out of work and are claiming either New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit for a minimum of 13 weeks. We know there is not one solution that works for everyone and the type of help you need depends on your individual situation and current skills.
What can you expect?
- One-to-one meetings with a personal adviser to create a personalised plan to help you get the right job for you
- Support with IT skills and job search, CV writing and interview advice
- Access to an exclusive portal where you can find and apply to jobs as well as get extra help like courses, training, and video tutorials
- Mental health support for your work anxieties and help in building your confidence
- Connecting you to further specialised help according to your needs.
Real people, real experiences
JETS has had a real impact on many people already, including Olga, who was supported by our delivery partner, The Salvation Army to create a professional CV. She also attended workshops on effective decision making, money management and interview techniques. Now that Olga has secured a job where she is very happy, she confesses: ‘JETS has offered me the best support I have experienced during my time of unemployment. Regular contact with my employment advisor and account manager at Shaw Trust has given me access to many live vacancies and the opportunity to apply for them with detailed support’.
Similarly, Angel, who was also struggling with the effect of the pandemic has managed to find a job in her favourite sector, hospitality. When three opportunities for receptionists with Premier Inn became available, JETS was able to help Angel get that role through a series of workshops and advice. Looking back at her experience with the programme, Angel encourages everyone who is currently struggling to join the programme, saying: ‘Woking with Shaw Trust is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve got a job that really excites me and is something I have always wanted to do.’
Judith too was able to secure a job after nearly a year of unemployment. Even though she had experience as a secretary and a teaching assistant in a specialist school, she was struggling to use these skills to get back into employment, until JETS was able to help. By taking part in an employability course with the NHS and with employment support from her advisor, Judith got a job as a steward in a COVID-19 vaccination centre. She reflects on her journey: ‘I received feedback after every interview, so I knew exactly what I needed to improve on. The programme gave me support through the entire application process, and this did not stop once I was employed as I received help with managing my back to work anxiety. I now feel confident and urge anyone looking for a job to take this chance and see where it takes you’.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for decent living outcomes comments:
“Since 2018 we have been working hard to help residents into employment. The council and partners have helped 3,873 residents into jobs. We are committed to get residents into good and sustainable jobs with a focus on growth sectors, such as green technologies, creative and digital industries and health and social care. Working with our partners to make the JETS programme available to Ealing residents is an integral part of this commitment and a key part of our plan to help people access decent, well-paid jobs.”
To find out more how you can take part in the programme and benefit from tailored advice too, visit Work Ealing.