Molly is among thousands helped back into work by pandemic-busting project

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Tara Fisher - Credit: Submitted

Thousands of people across the West Country, including many in the South Devon and Torbay area, have been  helped into work by a special pandemic-tackling project.

Employment and health specialist Seetec Pluss has supported over 10,000 jobseekers into employment in the South West of England, after they were referred to the Government’s Job Entry Targeted Support programme.  

The programme, which began in October 2020 as a response to the pandemic, has been providing vital support to job seekers across the region.

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Programme helps thousands - Credit: Submitted

The support offers jobseekers with a dedicated member of staff who can help them with a range of activities – including access to skills, training, and support with digital upskilling – to help build their confidence, self-belief and get back into sustainable work. It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.  

Molly Crabb, from Torbay,  made her journey from unemployed to self-employed a tasty one by pursing her passion for baking and launching Greedy Cow Cakes. 

She said: “I was referred to the JETS Scheme in November 2020., I told my employment advisor that I wanted to start my own bakery business. I was given great support and advice to get my business up and running.” 

Minister for Employment Mims Davies said: “It’s wonderful to see over 10,000 people across the South West are back in work thanks to our JETS scheme. Hats off to the Seetec Pluss team – this partnership with our fantastic DWP Work Coaches and JCPs has been supporting people every step of the way, helping them to secure a brilliant next opportunity and really progress in their career by filling local vacancies.” 

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Seetec Pluss Operations Director Tara Fisher said“We are delighted to have helped so many people rebuild their lives and find new employment opportunities over the last 12 months. It has been such a difficult time for so many. The JETS Scheme is providing vital one to one support, helping people get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.”