New service to support Northumberland workers with Covid-19 job worries
People who have lost their job or who are worried about the risk of losing it due to Covid-19 can now get support through a new service.
Northumberland County Council has established an employment support service, which has been funded through the North of Tyne Covid Capacity Fund.
Three employment link workers are available now to give people advice and guidance that is tailored to their own circumstances and is right for their individual needs. They will take calls, discuss options, and can refer callers to the right support programme to help them get back into work.
Gillian Campbell, triage lead officer in the employability and skills rapid response team said: “The new team is ready and able to provide support to anyone who needs it.
“We can offer advice as well as access to a number of employment and skills programmes to help people get into work.
“This could include helping to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for and working with local businesses and organisations to match people with vacancies.
"We could even look for suitable work experience to help a move into a different type of work,” she added.
Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for employability and skills at Northumberland County Council, said: “We know that many people are concerned for their employment due to the impact of Covid-19, and some have already lost their jobs.
“As a council we are doing everything that we can to support people through this extremely difficult time. This employment support programme is for anyone who has lost their job, or is concerned for their future employment.”
He added: "I would urge anyone in this position to get in touch with the service, so that we can provide help and support.”
Anyone who needs support can access the service on the freephone helpline 0808 196 3936 or by email to [email protected]
There is also more information at www.northumberland.gov.uk, in the ‘How can I get help’ section of the Coronavirus information hub.
This Northumberland COVID19 Capacity Fund Project is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.