ESSEX, UK – AS an employer of people working in Essex, John Henry Group was invited to support the opening of a new job and skills centre in Jaywick on Wednesday (11 August).
John Henry Civils, the specialist civil engineering division, part of the John Henry Group, is currently working as a sub-contracting partner to Essex Highways to re-construct the roads systems in the Essex village.
Residents in Jaywick are benefitting from training and support tailored to their specific needs to help them in their search for work.
A Jobcentre Unit has been set up at the Enterprise Centre in Lotus Way and the number of people using the site is growing on a daily basis.
The new initiative, which got under way last month, has been developed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in partnership with Tendring District Council (TDC).
DWP staff are working with claimants and their partners to support and upskill them – removing barriers and equipping them with the relevant skills needed to secure sustainable employment in the local jobs market.
Neil Stock, Leader of TDC, congratulated DWP for recognising that it is important to work more closely with Jaywick residents.
“This will give them the best possible opportunity to move closer to finding a job,” he said.
“Residents in Jaywick are greatly benefitting from job search support, tailored training and advice and guidance which is local to them and that can only help.”
Cllr Stock said the scheme is a further example of the efforts taking place to improve the lives of people in Jaywick.
“The Council, along with our partners in both the public and private sector, are working hard to bring about a significant change to the fortunes of residents,” he added.
“This involves the regeneration of Jaywick and we are already making great strides by buying parcels of land to have developed for new homes.
“It is an ongoing process which we are totally committed to and have made a promise to the residents and we will not let them down.”
Sharon Gardiner, Jobcentre Plus Work Service Manager, said that seaside towns became a priority area with regard to regeneration, partnerships and social justice following the Centre for Social Justice Report which was released in 2013.
“Working very closely with TDC we have been able to secure premises and the necessary IT to run this full-functioning service in Jaywick,” she said.
“This is something that Jobcentre Plus could not have achieved alone and we are delighted with the response we have received from claimants.
“We have been operating out of the site since early June and the numbers are going up every day.”
Fred Nicholls, Chairman of TDC, officially opened the premises today.
Rob Andrews, a spokesman for the John Henry Group, added: “As a company operating in this area the John Henry Group is pleased to be able to support local initiatives such as this which will benefit the community.”
For further information on this press release contact Nigel Brown, Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager on 01255 686338.