Seetec Pluss is delighted to have been awarded the Department for Work and Pensions Restart contract for South West England (CPA 4a).

Restart is a brand-new government programme that will support thousands of people who have been out of work and claiming Universal Credit for at least 12 months to build confidence, skills and find work. It is part of the Government’s wider ‘Plan for Jobs’ to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 to get back on the road to recovery.

Launching on 28 June 2021, our Restart programme will empower 106,000 people over the next four years to break down any barriers that might be holding them back from finding employment.  The scheme will provide up to 12 months help for each participant.

Our employment advisors will work closely alongside each individual to get to know their aspirations, strengths and develop a personalised package of support, tailored to both individual and local need.

Support will include regular one-to-one coaching, pro-active job search including CVs and interview preparation, vocational qualifications and 24-hour access to an online portal packed full of job search resources, vacancies and e-learning. We will also offer immediate digital support to anyone who needs to build their digital skills by providing training, equipment and connectivity, so they feel motivated to engage with online job search and related activities.

Seetec Pluss and a supply chain of local, expert end-to-end and specialist delivery partners will be delivering Restart across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Working closely with local government, local enterprise partnerships and employers, we will integrate Restart with existing employment provision to identify gaps, growth sectors and align services to emerging local need.

Our employer services team will also build on our relationships with over 11,000 employer partners across key sectors, securing new employment opportunities for our participants.

Chris Harrison, Executive Director of Employability and Health at Seetec, said, “We are proud to have been awarded Restart to help thousands of people across South West England to get back into sustainable work and rebuild their lives.

“The last year has had an unprecedented impact on the jobs market, leaving many people who have lost their jobs feeling vulnerable and anxious about the future. Restart will play a fundamental part in the nation’s recovery and we feel privileged to play such an important part in helping local people, their families and communities build back the security that makes such a difference.

“For Seetec Pluss, Restart is about collaboration and working together with our local partners and employers. Through our extended reach across a range of support networks, we aim to empower many more people to transform their lives. This is exactly what we are here to do.”

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP said, “Our Plan for Jobs is already delivering fresh hope and new opportunity across the country after the impact of the pandemic on our labour market. The new Restart programme will give over a million jobseekers the crucial tailored support they need to get back into employment as we push to build back better.”

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About Seetec Pluss

Seetec Pluss’ mission is to empower people in work, life and wellbeing. Every year we support over 6,000 people to move towards and into work and fulfil their true potential.

We operate throughout Southern, Eastern and North West England delivering a wide range of employability and health programmes on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, European Social Fund, National Lottery Community Fund and local government.

Seetec Pluss is part of the Seetec Group that supports over 150,000 individuals each year through additional programmes funded by the Skills Funding Agency (such as apprenticeships), Ministry of Justice (Transforming Rehabilitation) and various local authorities.

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