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DWP shine spotlight on local support for north-east workers facing redundancy


By Alan Beresford

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WITH the national jobs furlough scheme winding down, redundancy is an issue likely to be facing many in the north-east and across Scotland.

DWP employer and partnership manager Jane Munro.
DWP employer and partnership manager Jane Munro.

However, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are keen to highlight the wide range of support which is available to both employees and employers as cutbacks loom.

Forres-based DWP employer and partnership manager Jane Munro said: “One of the main discussions I’ve been having with a variety of organisations lately had concerned the issue of redundancy.

“It appears that not a lot of employers out there realise there is support for any employer and employee who are facing redundancy.

“There are many places people can turn to for advice and help, including Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), Skills development Scotland (SDS) and, of course, the DWP. There is also Rapid Response funding which can be accessed.

"Whether you are an employer or employee, if you require local support or guidance, then please feel free to e-mail for more information: Jan.bruce@sds.co.uk or Jcpmoray.employerandpartnershipteam@dwp.gov.uk

PACE is the Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations and is a partnership of organisations dedicated to providing people with the advice and guidance who have been made redundant or are facing redundancy. They can take stock, consider career options, and make the decisions that are right for each individual.

SDS and DWP are partners who work together across Moray to support employers/employees who are facing redundancy. They offer a range of career management, employability and information services to enable people to make well-informed and realistic decisions about their next steps.

The professionally qualified specialists can offer free and impartial advice and guidance on the likes of identifying current skills, expertise and strengths, routes into suitable jobs and careers and developing CVs and covering letters, to name but a few.

Rapid Response funding is for essential training to remove a barrier helping to move jobseekers as efficiently and swiftly towards gaining alternative employment/self-employment. This can be accessed funding 13 weeks prior to redundancy and 13 weeks after being made redundant.

There is a National Helpline available on 0800 917 8000 along with an employer helpline number too which is 0800 783 6000 or visit www.redundancyscotland.co.uk for advice on the full range of PACE services.

DWP local Jobcentres can help with tailored support from work coaches, advice on training opportunities available for people who are under threat of redundancy or have been made redundant in the previous 13 weeks and organising work trials.

The Jobhelp website – www.jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk – provides a wide range of Jobsearch help and advice, including information about working in critical sectors and the latest vacancies.

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