WREC has been chosen to deliver the new Department for Work and Pensions Restart programme by prime provider Fedcap Employment.
Over the course of almost five years, WREC will support thousands of people in the area on their journeys towards employment.
Restart has been designed to support people who have been unemployed for between 12-18 months.
The Restart programme was announced last year by chancellor Rishi Sunak in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. It will start on June 28.
WREC will benefit from using Fedcap’s range of employment interventions, including a healthy mix of face-to-face and virtual support for jobseekers. A variety of short qualifications will also be on offer to help jobseekers retrain.
Ian Ross, Managing Director of Whitehead-Ross, said: “As an established training provider in Worthing, we are excited to be delivering the government’s Restart programme to support jobseekers back into work. We recognise that younger workers and those aged over 50 have particularly been affected by Covid-19 and we are ready to provide support.”
Brian Bell, Chief Executive of Fedcap Employment, said: “The Covid pandemic has created so much uncertainty for so many people; of course the pandemic is first and foremast a health crisis, but for so many individuals and families it has also presented challenges around job security with the resulting difficulties around planning for the future.”
“We will deliver this programme in partnership with Whitehead-Ross who share our values, to provide work-related opportunities to people; to help them to plan and take advantage of jobs that will continue to be created as we come out of the pandemic.”