Visit to Redhill Jobcentre Plus

One of the biggest issues we face in this country at the moment is helping people, and young people especially, into work. On Friday morning I was at the Jobcentre Plus in Redhill, to meet with personal advisors and discuss the scenarios and challenges they face on a day to day basis. There are 1000s of job vacancies available in Surrey, and working through the needs of job seekers and the impact that working tax credits and transport have on people’s ability to access new jobs was a real eye opener. Giving young people work experience and organising work trials are the most significant factors in helping them get into work, and I was pleased to see that the staff are focused on creating ways to make this happen. In particular, I was impressed by what organisations such as Reigate and Banstead Council are doing locally to give young people essential work experience, through a programme of paid 6 month internships. 42 vacancies are currently available. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to jobs which is why the Jobcentre have developed thorough and tailored solutions for job seekers, including plans for the over 50s, the under 25s, those with family’s and those who have been out of work for a while. The staff’s creative, forward thinking and personalised approach to supporting individuals clearly shone through. My thanks to all the staff that hosted my visit, and I look forward to visiting again in the future.