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A £238 million scheme designed to help jobseekers move into “growing sectors” has been launched by the government.

The Job Entry Targeted Support scheme will provide coaching and advice on these sectors to those who have been out of work for three months or more as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said it will “boost the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain”. However, Labour described the move as “too little too late”.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme will “provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, to ensure that nobody is left without hope”.

“Our unprecedented support has protected millions of livelihoods and businesses since the start of the pandemic, but I’ve always been clear that we can’t save every job,” he said.

“I’ve spoken about the damaging effects of being out of work, but through JETS we will provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, to ensure that nobody is left without hope.”

Ms Coffey also said the government will be recruiting 13,500 “work coaches” to deliver the scheme.

Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, said: “By the government’s own admission at least four million people could lose their jobs during the crisis. All it can muster in response are piecemeal schemes and meaningless slogans.

“This new scheme offers very little new support and relies on already overstretched work coaches on the ground, while many of the new work coaches promised have yet to materialise.

“It’s too little too late again from a government that simply can’t get a grip on this jobs crisis.”

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