Thurrock Council joins forces with Jobcentre Plus and Work Programme providers to tackle unemployment

8th July 2014

Thurrock Council is joining forces with Jobcentre Plus and two Work Programme providers to tackle unemployment. The agreement will particularly focus on people who find it most difficult to get work. The plans aim to equip local people with the skills and confidence to fill thousands of new jobs planned for Thurrock by 2021.

The partners’ progress and effectiveness will be measured by hard outcomes such as cutting the number of local people receiving Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) from 3085 in May to 2600 by next March. To ensure that young people in particular benefit from the scheme, the agreement signed this week aims to reduce the number of 18-24 year olds receiving JSAfrom 760 to fewer than 600 during the same period.