THOSE who have lost their job due to the pandemic can access an online employment hub to help them find work.
Coventry and Warwickshire Employment Solutions has been created as a free tool for businesses and job seekers to counter the rising levels of unemployment.
It will collate current vacancies and be updated daily while offering advice on job retention, upskilling and redundancy support.
The hub has been funded by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the FSB.
CWLEP chair Nick Abell said: “Covid has had a huge impact on our economy, and the CWLEP has been working hard to formulate an effective reset strategy which will allow Coventry and Warwickshire to recover as well as is possible.
“The employment solutions website is one of the many key components in that strategy and to have the maximum impact we need local businesses who are recruiting to use this new site, providing further evidence of how well our region can pull together to help each other.”
The pandemic has already had a significant effect on the numbers of unemployed workers in the region.
Between March and August this year, unemployment claims increased from 14,900 to 34,505, and the unemployment rate in Coventry and Warwickshire went from three per cent to seven per cent.
And with figures predicted to get worse, the CWLEP wanted to find a solution quickly to help slow down the increase in unemployment.
With more than 4,500 jobs currently being advertised in the region, it is hoped the new site will make it easier for businesses to reach these jobseekers, many of whom have been made redundant due to the pandemic.
Visit www.cwemploymentsolutions.co.uk for more information.