Last week we had excellent news that over 100,000 young people across the country have started the Kickstarter scheme which helps young UC claimants get into work. I've been asking employers to sign up to the scheme across the town and hundreds have been placed locally.
The success is also down to the enthusiasm of the staff at our JobCentre Plus. I am really impressed with the work Bruce, Karra and the team are doing to help local people find work. I spent time with work coaches Victor and Harlen, both so passionate about supporting and mentoring their customers. Nationally, 13,500 work coaches were employed to help people back into work as we continue to recover post-lockdown.
Better still, I was there when one lovely lady came in to announce she had secured a new job on the seafront. I’ve just popped a ‘Congratulations’ in the post too.
Employment and career progression remains a top local challenge which is why the £19.8m just awarded to Eastbourne from the Government’s levelling up fund is so important. The massive expansion in the number of work coach numbers is another serious investment by the government for Eastbourne.