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Employment Minister Mims Davies has visited the Maximus team in Brighton to celebrate a year of success for the Work and Health Programme: Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme.

JETS offers participants help to develop their skills, create a CV and identify new career opportunities. The scheme was launched in October 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

Since then more than 650 people across West Sussex and Brighton have been supported back into work with local employers, including the Brighton Pier Group who attended the visit to talk about how the scheme has supported their recruitment efforts.

Maximus delivers JETS in the area on behalf of Seetec Pluss, and the programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and is co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:

“It was fantastic to meet the Maximus team and celebrate the one-year anniversary of JETS – hearing how the programme’s tailored support has already helped over 650 local people get back into work and progress.

“Across the country, our DWP Work Coaches and providers like Maximus are matching talent to opportunity, and thanks to the £500m expansion of our Plan for Jobs, we will continue to deliver more skills and more opportunities for people of all ages as we push to build back better.”

Gareth Parry, Programme Director for Employment, Skills and Disability at Maximus UK said:

“The past 18 months have been tough for both jobseekers and employers. Through JETS we’ve been able to help address skills shortages in sectors like hospitality and launch new careers for hundreds for local people.”

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