Advice on furlough leave and job loss

Been furloughed or lost your job? What to do next


Many people in our city, both experienced workers and young people, are now facing employment challenges and uncertainty.

 

Being furloughed is an unknown situation for most and worrying about job security can be confusing enough without the added complications of Covid-19. The first step if you are put on furlough or at risk of losing your job is to find out what your rights are.

 

Knowing your rights can help you to solve problems more quickly and smoothly, enabling you to concentrate on getting back into employment again. This may be a good time to re-evaluate your work life and learn new skills to enable a career change. 


Find advice and guidance here:

Speak to a careers advisor​


Call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for help to identify skills that could be useful in a range of different roles.




Support from Jobcentre Plus


Jobcentre Plus is the part of the Department for Work and Pensions which delivers working-age support services.

If you are affected by the impact of Covid-19, find out more about the employment and benefits support available:

https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/

You can contact Jobcentre Plus about new benefit claims and existing benefit claims: https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

You do not need to attend the jobcentre unless asked to do so. Plymouth’s jobcentres are open in line with government social distancing guidance and require visitors to wear a face covering to comply with the latest safety advice to protect you and the community:

  • Plymouth Old Tree Court Jobcentre Plus, 64 Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0AJ
  • Devonport Jobcentre, Queens House, St Levan Road, Plymouth PL2 3BD




For furloughed workers


Your employer may have no work for you to do because of Covid-19. This may result in you both agreeing that you take temporary leave. This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Find advice on your rights on furlough, developing your skills and planning for change.

Citizens Advice also offers information about Furlough, pay, self-employment, caring for someone else and leaving a job.




For those who have lost their job


Losing your job can affect many parts of your life and make you feel anxious about the future. Advice including redundancy information, managing your money, skills and finding a job can be found on National Careers Service

Citizens Advice also offers information about Furlough, pay, self-employment, caring for someone else and leaving a job

Government Redundancy information is available

If you have been made redundant within the last three months, the Serco Skills Support for Redunancy funded programme provides access to free online courses including Leadership and Management, Health & Social Care, Digital IT, Construction, Marine and Engineering, HR, Business and Marketing Skills.

If you are a construction worker you are encouraged to sign up for the Construction Talent Retention Scheme which will aim to match you with vacancies




Useful links to support you take your next positive steps towards employment with Skills Launchpad Plymouth


Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed. Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors offering careers and new job opportunities now and in the future. Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service Where to find jobs in Plymouth Consider earning while you learn through an apprenticeship Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities




For apprentices


Your employer may have no work for you to do because of Covid-19.

This can result in you taking temporary leave. This is known as being ‘on furlough’. You can carry on with your apprenticeship training if your employer puts you on furlough.

Both your training provider and employer must agree that you can continue your off-the-job training from home. Find out more here

If you are an apprentice who is facing redundancy or lost your apprenticeship due to the impact of Covid-19, find out more about next steps here.


You can seek support through the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices for free advice and help in finding new opportunities.

You can search and find apprenticeship vacancies

If you are a construction apprentice you are encouraged to sign up for the Construction Talent Retention Scheme which will aim to match you with new opportunities





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