Headlines: December 5th, 2002

Nearly a hundred jobseekers have been employed by the Metropolitan Police through an innovative new recruitment partnership in London. Jobcentre Plus, the Metropolitan Police and the London Employer Coalition devised a scheme to meet the needs of the police service by filling vacancies and at the same time helped people from some of London’s most deprived boroughs into work.Applicants for posts such as Communications Officers, Traffic Police, Community Support Officers and Administration Officers normally require qualifications and this can exclude many suitable candidates. To overcome this restriction the partnership devised a work preparation programme. Courses now run in four inner London boroughs. All applicants who complete the course are guaranteed a job interview and 80% of those who reached the interview have secured jobs.

Andrew Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “The success of this innovative partnership has been truly inspiring in such a short space of time. Jobcentre Plus has helped people into good jobs and the Met Police has filled important vacancies, it is a great example of good practice and what working together can achieve.”

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