The Department for Work and Pensions has partnered with Google to provide circa 10K of scholarships for people wanting to move into work on IT, data analysis, project management and UX design.
The scholarship will let jobseeker’ boost their skills and they begin with a referral from a Jobcentre Work Coach. The scholarships can also be combined with additional tailored support and traineeships to help jobseekers get the experience they need for new work roles.
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:
Helping jobseekers to build the confidence and skills they need to take up new opportunities is vital for the next stage in our recovery from the pandemic. Our Plan for Jobs puts skills at the heart of that and crucially Google’s Career Certificates will help people showcase their digital skills and build our workforce of tomorrow.
This work is on top of the JETS scheme, which has seen over 100,000 jobseekers get work after the pandemic by providing tailored support to match skills with job roles available in the rea, as well a encouraging people to explore new roles they had never considered. The DWP has hired 13,500 Work Coaches to help deliver the scheme and is working closely with employers looking to expand and those who have been hit hard in the pandemic and may have staff at risk.
Taking a more hands-on approach is helping people find work or training quickly and the schemes are expected to continue post-pandemic.