A support service is helping jobseekers in Oxford to restart their careers after the coronavirus pandemic.
We're delivering the government’s new Restart Scheme in the city.
And we officially opened our new office at The Loft on Cowley Road on Tuesday 15 March – and our team have already supported dozens of people into work.
The Restart Scheme is helping people who have been out of work for nine months or longer to pick up the skills they need for the modern workforce and helping them with tailored support to find suitable, sustainable jobs.
Our frontline team are on hand to help with everything from updating CVs to tackling health concerns, and impressing at interviews to launching new start-up businesses.
The team are already working with some of the region’s leading employers, including Thames Water, Royal Mail, XPO Logistics, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. And since Fedcap began delivering the scheme last year, it has supported more than 2,300 people across the South Central area of England to successfully find new jobs.
Janice Wilson, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Provision Executive for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire District, officially opened the Oxford office and said: “It’s been really nice to come into such a lovely, bright and airy office which I'm sure each customer will love and extremely welcoming. I'd like to thank the Oxford team for all of their hard work and support that they're giving to customers to help them move back into sustainable employment.”
Brian Bell, Chief Executive at Fedcap Employment, said: “We’re delighted to be opening up this new office in Oxford. Our team here is already making a huge difference to people’s lives and we’re looking forward to making a hugely positive impact in the city.
“Every day, our customers are building back their confidence, breaking down their barriers and picking up new skills to impress employers.”