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New scheme launched in East London to help residents get back into work

The restart scheme is being launched by Maximus UK

A new scheme to support residents struggling to get back into work has been announced in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering.

Maximus UK and it’s partners will be delivering a restart scheme, offering tailored support in retraining and finding new jobs.

It aims to give universal credit claimants who’ve been out of work for between 12 and 18 months enhanced support to find vacancies in the local area.

The four-year scheme is being funded by The Department for Work and Pensions.

A significant rise in unemployment related benefit claims has been seen in all three boroughs over the last year.

According to the ‘GLA Economics Claimant Count data for London boroughs’, there was a 218% increase in Redbridge of people claiming unemployment related benefits between March 2020 and April 2021.

Young people aged between 16 to 24 years old seem to have been particularly affected in this borough with a 211% increase claiming the financial support.

The borough has seen a consistently high furlough take up rate, equating to higher than both the London and UK average.

Young people in Barking and Dagenham have also been particularly affected with 14.2% of 18 to 24 year olds claiming out of work benefits, compared to the UK average of 8.3%.

Havering has also seen a significant rise in unemployment related benefit claims with a 154% increase.

Contract director,  Ayden Sims

The occupational health provider will be delivering the courses alongside partners and social enterprises to help give a personalised service to those struggling to get back into work.

Contract Director at Maximus UK, Ayden Sims said: “It could be as simple as working with an individual to help them tighten up their CV, work with them to connect up with local employers and ultimately support them through the job application process which may be for some individuals they’ve not had that opportunity of support for some time.

“Wherever we have an older worker looking to join the restart scheme and our delivery, we try and match them up with someone of a similar age group to really help sympathise and understand their personal challenges and barriers in a better way.

“Likewise, for younger workers where the gap might be that they’ve not worked at all or for a long time.

The entry route to the scheme is via Job Centre Plus so the company advise speaking with the work coach at your nearest centre to find out if you’re eligible.

“We know that there are many employers, there are still recruiters struggling to find the people they need so identifying who those employers are and working closely with them to match the talent that participants locally will have, with those employment uses is the critical role that we will be playing.”

The company are looking to connect with more local businesses.

“We’re really keen to work in a supportive way with local employers and we know there’s a huge mix of employers in the local area ranging from large organisations to SME’s.

“We’d be really keen to hear from any organisation that’s looking to support individuals going through the restart scheme so if you’re employer that’s interested, then head to our website and we can offer you a support service.” 

To find out more information, head to the Maximus UK website.

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