Prince’s Trust set to move into Jobcentre

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UNEMPLOYED people could be offered a new way to take the first steps back to work with thousands of volunteering and training opportunities to be based at Daventry Jobcentre.

Youth charity, the Prince’s Trust will be based at the centre in Oxford Street in the town.

The new initiative will particularly benefit young people as they will be able to get more support to help them into jobs, education and training.

Ministers are keen to strengthen partnerships with the voluntary sector as it can help disadvantaged groups and communities and believe support for the sector will be crucial to get Britain working again.

No timescale has been revealed for when the voluntary organisations will be based at the jobcentre in the town but is due soon.

Announcing the plans, Iain Duncan Smith, secretary of state for work and pensions, said: “I am delighted that this partnership with The Prince’s Trust and local voluntary sector organisations across the country will mean thousands of volunteering opportunities for jobseekers.

“For some it will be a chance to get some valuable experience and gain skills after years without work.

“I have long been a vocal advocate of empowering grass roots organisations, as I believe they have the dedication, experience and specialist knowledge to get Britain working again.”