According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of job vacancies in November 2021 to January 2022 rose to a new record of 1,298,400.

But through the Way to Work campaign, the government and businesses are working together to get half a million people into employment by the end of June. Jobcentre Plus has always helped companies to recruit, and now more than ever it can support employers in finding talented and motivated candidates.

One sector in need of more workers is healthcare, with over 100,000 vacancies nationally. In Dudley, in the West Midlands, the Jobcentre Plus team has developed a close working relationship with Sutton Coldfield-based Care Training Academy, Embark Learning to help get people into unfilled posts.

It takes prospective candidates put forward by Jobcentre Plus and trains them before passing them on to Fairway, which provides them with a full-time role on a permanent contract. They can then be assigned roles in home care or residential care homes.

“The service Jobcentre Plus provides us with is essential,” says Alex O’Neill, Operations Director – Embark Learning

“And our relationship with its work coaches is absolutely critical to everything we do. Since we started working with Jobcentre Plus, we have put 1,600 carers through our programme, over 600 of them in the last year alone. This year, we’re hoping to put a thousand through.”


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