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Restart Hertfordshire

Breaking down employment barriers for Universal Credit claimants in the county


The Restart Scheme breaks down employment barriers for jobseekers across the county.

The Restart Scheme is part of the Government's Plan for Jobs, which will help long-term unemployed jobseekers to start working. The Restart Scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and delivered by Reed in Partnership across Hertfordshire and the Home Counties.

The Scheme offers assistance to those who have been out of employment for at least 12 months, and can help assist claimants on their journey back to employment in a range of ways. These include:

  • Identifying support needs
  • Providing intensive 1-2-1 training and skills development for qualifications
  • Community service support for mental health, wellbeing and housing barriers
  • Support in the cost of applying for work - for things such as travel, interview clothes, and any other costs incurred
  • CV development and interview practice

The 12-month support journey for participants begins with referral from a local Jobcentre to meet and work with an expert Employment Adviser; who will help to develop a personal action plan that takes into account factors such as employment history, skills, aspirations and support needs - so barriers to employment can be broken down, and the challenges of the current labour market can be overcome.

Below is an overview video explaining the Plan for Jobs in further detail:

You can find out more about Reed in Partnership’s delivery of the Restart Scheme by visiting

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