New Broad Street Jobcentre Plus opens in King's Lynn giving jobseekers more access to support
The new temporary Jobcentre Plus in Lynn's Broad Street has officially opened its doors this week, as part of the Plan for Jobs, giving jobseekers more access to support and the latest opportunities.
Opened on Monday, the new Jobcentre Plus is centrally located, with a special focus on welcoming in young jobseekers and Kickstart employers.
It already has a growing team of eight to 10 work coaches, some of whom joined the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as part of the successful recruitment drive to hire 13,500 new Work Coaches across the country.
Each new Work Coach will help local people looking for work in Lynn with one-on-one tailored support to find their next role.
Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment said: “We know this has been a challenging time for many people and that’s why we’re boosting our DWP Jobcentre support in every corner of the UK, including here in King's Lynn.
“Every customer benefits from a dedicated Work Coach. They know the local jobs market and work with local businesses to match jobseekers to the latest nearby opportunities.
“It’s brilliant to see our Plan for Jobs in action, from Kickstart to Sector Based Work Academy Programmes, our Work Coaches are there to help people get back on their feet.”
Broad Street Jobcentre Plus is one of the new temporary sites announced by the DWP earlier this year, building on the existing 639 jobcentres across the UK.
The additional space will accommodate new Work Coaches recruited in Broad Street Kings Lynn helping more people to transform their lives through tailored employment support.
Chris Enderby is one of those new recruits and already part of the Broad Street team.
Chris Enderby said: “As a Youth Work Coach, I really enjoy working with people from different and diverse backgrounds with all sorts of challenges and trying to improve their day-to-day lives.
"I am excited for the move to our new Broad Street site as it gives me a chance to interact better with my customers in a fresh environment, which will help me to deliver the best service to my claimants.”
Mike Browne is the Work Coach Team Leader and oversees the new site, bringing with him wide-ranging experience from a career at DWP spanning 12 and a half years.
He said: “We are very excited to open the new site in Broad Street as this will bring a modern, state of the art office to King's Lynn, in which we can deliver the Government’s new Plan For Jobs initiative.
"This will allow us to welcome more people into a Covid-safe environment where we can give them the professional support they need to move forward knowing we are with them every step of the way.”