Temporary Leeds Jobcentre officially opened in Seacroft as thousands of Work Coaches recruited nationwide

A new temporary Jobcentre has been officially opened in Seacroft, with a team of more than 45 work coaches on hand to support jobseekers.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:45 pm

The opening is part of the Government's Plan for Jobs which is designed to offer more access to one-to-one support and new opportunities to find work.

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Temple House Jobcentre Plus in Limewood Approach is one of the 80 new temporary sites announced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) earlier this year as it builds on the existing network of 639 jobcentres across the UK.

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The Department for Work and Pensions is opening as many as 80 new temporary JobCentres across the country. Picture: James Hardisty

Earlier this month, another temporary site - Burley Jobcentre Plus - was opened in The Green Building in Kirkstall Road.

Employment Minister Mims Davies 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 Leeds.

“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 to get thriving and be ready to progress.”

The DWP has also undertaken its fastest ever recruitment exercise, recruiting 13,500 Work Coaches nationally.

Franklyn Zakers is one of those new recruits and is already part of the team at Temple House.

He said: “I started as a DWP Work Coach in April 2021 following my time in the training academy. I’ve found the work extremely rewarding so far - the help and support we provide to customers is second to none and I thrive in this environment.

“The chance to motivate and inspire young people into work is a gift.”

Overseeing the site is customer service leader Sarah Saville, whose career with the DWP spans 26 years.

“The opening of Temple House Jobcentre in Limewood Approach is an amazing opportunity,” she said.

"We have a team of experts who are motivated, passionate and skilled, and who are committed to helping our customers move into work as quickly as possible.

“We have some fantastic Kickstart opportunities within Leeds, and we will be working alongside employers to offer these opportunities to our 16-24 year old customers.”

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