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Financial help for individuals

By staying alert to control the virus, we are saving people’s lives.

We do know though, that the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting jobs across the county and that you may be concerned about money and bills.

The Government have announced a range of things to help.

The latest information can be found in the Government’s COVID-19: guidance for employees.

Have you been made redundant or feel that you could be because of Covid-19?

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP (SSLEP) is announcing a Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service for businesses and employees experiencing redundancies as a result of the coronavirus, delivered by the National Careers Service West Midlands including Staffordshire.

The Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service will match those recently made redundant with new work in these sectors currently experiencing growth. The service will also engage with employers facing redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.

The Triage Service is the result of contributions from multiple partners including the Department for Work and Pensions, Local Authorities and others. This service is for all employees affected and businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy contact the National Careers Service now on 0121 296 5550 or email ncswmenquiries@prospects.co.uk to book a telephone appointment

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy

More information is available on our support for businesses page.

National Careers Service

Free, personalised careers advice, information and guidance to help citizens find learning or work opportunities that are right for them.

How we can support employees at risk of redundancy/recently made redundant

Our qualified advisers can provide one to one support to help you plan your next steps, help you to improve your skills or help you find alternative employment including access to new job vacancies in sectors experiencing demand for new staff.

Support we provide includes:

  • Skills analysis and career planning
  • CV development
  • Job matching to current vacancies
  • Job search and online applications
  • Understanding the local job market
  • Current vacancies relevant to your skills and experience 
  • Exploring career options
  • Interview techniques
  • Digital skills assessments and skills
  • Searching for courses and training schemes
  • Finding funding to support learning
  • Information about apprenticeships
  • Identifying key strengths & skills
  • Developing an action plan

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