Headlines: February 6th, 2003

People in London and elsewhere can add finding a new job to their shopping lists after the launch of a new online service which can give them information about vacancies around the country while they are out buying clothes and other items.Worktrain, a national jobs, learning and careers website has joined a number of local authorities and Cityspace to offer its services at kiosks throughout London and at pilot locations elsewhere in the country.

The six-month pilot project was launched in Oxford Street by Minister for Work, Nick Brown and the Government’s e-envoy Andrew Pinder. Nick Brown said: “We want to make looking for work as easy, accessible and convenient as possible.

He said the initiative would give people access to information about jobs while they were shopping on their local high street or even waiting for a bus.

“The Worktrain website is already used by around 10,000 people a day and offers such a good service that 80 per cent of users return to the site. This pilot will hopefully take this success story to another level, ” the Minister said.

The pilot will see Worktrain available at 115 locations across Britain. It is designed to be easy to use and will also offer a variety of information in collaboration with local authorities.

Andrew Pinder said the scheme showed how government was using the latest technology to offer people they wanted and needed. “The government is committed to using a variety of channels to deliver services, such as kiosks, interactive digital TV and www.ukonline.gov.uk the one stop shop for online government information,” he said.

Mark Meyohas, Managing Director of Cityspace said the link with the Department of Work and Pensions would improve access to information for people on the move at convenient locations and would mean that Worktrain could reach those who might not visit government websites for jobs and people with no Internet access.