Aviation: Redundancy

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 27 May 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support former employees of the UK aviation sector who have been made redundant due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We know this is a worrying time for people and we stand ready to support anyone impacted by job loss. In response to Covid-19 we have established an alternative service to our usual face to face offer. People will be able to access redundancy help and job search advice on the Department’s new Job Help campaign website (www.jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk). There’s also information on gov.uk and updated information packs provided to employers to help them signpost employees to the support that is available. The support includes:

  • Connecting people to jobs in the labour market
  • Helping with job search including CV writing, interview skills, where to find jobs and how to apply for them
  • Helping to identify transferable skills and skills gaps (linked to the local labour market)
  • Advising what benefits they may get and how to claim

The Rapid Response Service is co-ordinated nationally by the National Employer and Partnership Team (NEPT) and managed by Jobcentre Plus. Delivery partners include the National Careers Service, local training providers, employers, HMRC, Money Advice Service and the skills bodies in England.

These services are offered by equivalents in the Devolved Administrations PACE (Scotland) and ReAct (Wales). Redundancy support in Northern Ireland is devolved with separate funding and delivery arrangements where no partner support is available.

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