DWP reports decrease in York’s jobless claimants over 50s
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DWP reports decrease in York’s jobless claimants over 50s

The latest figures indicate that York had 2,300 people on its claimant count in December, with 500 of them being over 50.

There was an overall decrease of 140 people (or 6%), but a drop of 85 (or 15%) for the over 50s.

Ryedale had a claimant count of 605, with 180 of them being over 50.

However, this was 35 (or 6%) higher overall, with no change for the over 50s.

Selby had a claimant count of 1,200, with 325 of them being over 50.

The overall figure is 10 (or 1%) down on the previous December, but the number of over 50s on the claimant count increased by 15 (or 5%).

York JobCentrePlus attributes the success with the over 50s to the great work done by its work coaches in the city, though the staff help all age groups find work.

The DWP is planning a range of events to help people find work, including the Acomb Jobs Fair in Acomb Parish Church Hall, Front Street, Acomb, on Wednesday January 24 from 11am to 2pm.

Wendy Mangan, Employer & Partnership Manager for York & North Yorkshire, said: “The job fair will give people a great chance to meet employers face to face and not only find out more about jobs, but also retraining and improving skills & qualifications. A jobs fair means every jobseeker has an opportunity to make progress.”

“Some of the exhibitors confirmed for the Acomb Jobs Fair are: Benenden Health, Premier Inn, Valeo Snack foods, North Yorkshire Police, Avon, Supplementum Training, City of York Council, McDonalds, the Principal Hotel, North Yorkshire Council, York Volunteers Centre and Onebright.”

Furthermore, York JobCentre Plus has a range of events and initiatives in the coming weeks to help people find work.

They include:

During National Apprenticeship week beginning on Monday February 5, York Jobcentre will be hosting information sessions on applying for apprenticeship roles within the NHS, Premier Inn, the Rail Industry and Citywide Healthcare (pharmacy dispensers). There will also be generic sessions on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship.

Starting on Monday January 22 is a five-day Sector-based Work Academy customer service training course. It promises a guaranteed interview with Lidl for all course completers.

Monday January 22 also sees the start of a Dumper Ticket course and Forklift course in Selby.

On Wednesday January 24, health and social care provider UBU is attending York Jobcentre to talk about their job opportunities.

Monday January 29 sees the start of an 8-week training course at Murton.

For more information on any of the above contact a Jobcentre Work Coach.