There has been a concerted effort across business and skills organisations in North Wales to provide support to people whose jobs have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
BusinessNewsWales reported that several organisations are working to deliver the Opportunity for Change scheme to many people who have found themselves looking for work after the widespread disruption caused by the UK-wide lockdown.
North Wales Economic Ambition Board, the Welsh government’s Working Wales programme which is delivered by Careers Wales, North Wales Regional Skills Partnership and the Department of Work and Pensions have been working together on the scheme.
They have been helping to match jobseekers with essential job vacancies in the region, as well as providing online training and guidance sessions for people who have been furloughed from their jobs.
Ken Skates, minister for North Wales, told the publication that it’s vital to make sure people don’t feel alone and to signpost them to all the support that’s available.
“This is a time of great uncertainty for many people. There is advice, guidance and training available and it is good to see the partnership working across North Wales - through Working Wales and JobCentrePlus - bringing all these opportunities together,” he stated.
In addition to support for employees, the Welsh government has been doing what it can to help businesses in the region too. LeaderLive recently highlighted the Economic Resilience Fund, which is a bespoke Welsh support package valued at £500 million.
It’s available to help businesses manage cash flow pressures during this unprecedented time and will provide extra financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic to businesses that need it.
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