Fully-funded WHP JETS scheme helps thousands of local people into local jobs

January 5, 2021

Reed in Partnership’s new service has already seen almost 2000 skilled local people find jobs with businesses across the North East.

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The Work and Health Programme: Job Entry Targeted Support (WHP JETS) scheme is designed to support those who have found themselves out of work due to COVID-19.

These highly-skilled individuals are equipped with the latest relevant industry-backed training, at no cost to the recruiting organisation.

Supporting local people into local jobs, Reed in Partnership’s recently-launched recruitment and training service, which is fully-funded by the Government, provides job-ready candidates, who have found themselves out of work due to COVID-19, across a variety of industries, including: logistics, transport and distribution, professional, business and financial services, manufacturing, creative and digital, health and social care, construction and more.

The expert team at Reed in Partnership recognise these individuals are highly-skilled assets for local businesses and through the WHP JETS scheme, update their existing competencies with the latest relevant industry-backed training to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running.

A stepped process ensures businesses and individuals alike are supported to achieve their potential.

Step One – The business explains their specific recruitment needs and Reed in Partnership’s recruitment managers work closely with each business to understand organisational and recruitment requirements to underpin business planning and resourcing.

Step Two – Advisers identify suitable candidates from the large WHP JETS talent pool and ensure they have the right skills and qualities for each role. The team also support through screening, interviewing and induction, plus tailored training programmes (also provided at no cost to the recruiting organisation) ensure candidates and employers are carefully united.

Step Three – Recruitment and review. Reed in Partnership will keep in touch to see how new employees are progressing and what more they can do to help, such as further skills training or to arrange a plan to help with the next recruitment cycle.

Nicola Whelan, head of delivery support at Reed in Partnership, says: “Just in its third month of delivery, the rate at which our team has collaborated with local businesses and matched their needs to our growing pool of talented candidates is astonishing.

“Welcoming 14,903 referrals and 9673 starts1 on programme and a phenomenal 1897 job starts since October 5, each skilled WHP JETS participant has worked closely with our expert employment advisers to develop a personal plan of action aligned to each recruiting company’s needs.”

Nicola adds: “Engagement and buy-in from businesses continues to be crucial to the success of this scheme. We’re ready to support businesses with the provision of highly-trained staff to underpin business needs, so urge organisations to contact us to explore the fully-funded support available to them.”

Reed in Partnership’s WHP JETS team has a wealth of experience of working with employers of all sizes, across multiple sectors. This Government-backed scheme represents a huge cost saving for companies, which could otherwise spend on average £4500 on a recruitment agency – they can access the same service and support through WHP JETS for free.

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WHP JETS is commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and part-funded by the European Social Fund.

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