New hi-tech service for jobseekers

Jobcentre Plus district manager Bryan Cole with Mablethorpe town crier Roy Palmer and the Jolly Fisherman at Skegness Jobcentre  digital services launch event
Jobcentre Plus district manager Bryan Cole with Mablethorpe town crier Roy Palmer and the Jolly Fisherman at Skegness Jobcentre digital services launch event

New specialised digital services have been launched to help jobskeers in the Skegness area find employment.

Technology has been upgraded at the town’s Jobcentre to make it easier for people to search for work.

The improvements include free wi-fi access and specially-designed computers that bring all Jobcentre services into one device.

It means that people using the Jobcentre can access the internet to search for work with employment agencies, claim benefits on-line and update their CVs.

Previously people were restricted to a touch screen system that only gave access to job vacancies advertised through the Jobcentre.

The new IT facilities which have been in place for a month were officially launched at the Job Centre in Wainfleet Road last week.

Employers and partner organisations attended the event which was one of a series taking place across the county.

Jobcentre Plus district manager Bryan Cole said he hoped the changes would lead to further falls in unemployment locally.

He added: “At the height of the recession 2,197 people were claiming jobseekers allowance in the Skegness area, by August of this year it was 700.

“That is a lot of people’s lives that have been changed, and that are going to have a much better Christmas.”

Electronic pads will also be provided to claimants at the Jobcentre in the next few months in a bid to make looking for work paperless.