A programme to help the newly unemployed in Greater Manchester find work has received a £13 million funding boost from the department for work and pensions.

The WHP JETS programme offers early support to those who have recently become unemployed and is hoping to assist at least 13,200 people across the region.

People taking part are given help with essential skills for securing long-term employment such as CV writing, job searches and interviewing.

Oldham councillor Sean Fielding, Portfolio Lead for Digital, Education, Skills, Work and Apprenticeships at Greater Manchester Combined Authority said: "The coronavirus pandemic has had a detrimental impact on our local economy and it is vital those effected are given support to find employment again as soon as possible.

"The programme is expected to help people secure employment after taking part in the scheme for six months, which will also aid the city-regions recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic."