A new Jobcentre officially opened in Ayr today.
The base – at the heart of the Ayr Central shopping center – will operate in addition to the long-running John Street unit.
Newly recruited “work coaches” have been recruited to provide temporary employment support.
It is part of the UK Government’s drive to ensure that 500,000 currently unemployed people find jobs by the end of June as part of the ‘Way to Work’ campaign.
Ayr’s new center has 52 coaches, each helping to find jobs for townspeople.
MP Mims Davies, Minister for Employment, said: “We know this has been a difficult time for many people and that is why we are stepping up our support for the DWP Jobcentre in all communities across the UK, including here in South Ayrshire.
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“Each client benefits from a dedicated job coach. They know the local job market and work with local businesses to match job seekers with the latest opportunities.”
Ayr Central Jobcentre Plus is one of the new temporary sites announced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) earlier this year, building on the 639 existing Jobcentres across the UK.
Alison Sinclair-MacSween is one of these new recruits based at Ayr Central.
She said: “Being a work coach is challenging but hugely rewarding at the same time.
“I am able to have a positive impact on someone’s life, making a real difference to them and that means the world to me.
“Having a new location at Ayr Central will ensure consistency in my workload and allow me to continue to provide the high level of customer service expected by the general public.”
Sheila Lynn is the Customer Service Manager overseeing the new site, bringing with her 40 years of DWP experience.
She added: “On-site work coaches will be able to work with our clients as part of DWP’s Way to Work offering, supporting those who can find employment.
“This is an extremely exciting time for Ayr’s colleagues and clients.”
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