A new scheme is starting up in Bolton aimed at helping people on Universal Credit get into childcare roles.

This comes after new figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that more than 500 more people were claiming in the borough compared to last year.

But job centre staff so they hope a range of new measures will help tackle this including new sessions aimed at giving people information about the childcare sector.

DWP 50PLUS spokesperson and 50PLUS champion, Victoria Boylan, said: “Bolton Jobcentre Work Coaches Employer Advisers are about to commence the delivery of new childcare sector information sessions to Universal Credit claimants, who are thinking about a career in the sector.

“The sessions are extremely informative and explores different aspects of the job, the career pathways, and the qualities they will need.

The Bolton News: The job centre is launching a scheme aimed at helping people into childcare rolesThe job centre is launching a scheme aimed at helping people into childcare roles (Image: Newsquest)

“We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes claimants from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

“We will be encouraging attendance from claimants from all walks of life to join us on these childcare careers exploration sessions.”

This comes amid a range of other measures aimed at helping people back into work, including jobs fairs and extra help from job centre staff.

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Across Bolton 10,855 people were claiming Universal Credit as of April this year, a rise of 515 people compared to last year, a rise of five per cent across all age groups.

But further afield, the government has said that it hopes changes to social security policies will get more people into work across the country.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride, said: “We are leaving no stone unturned to get people back to work, rolling out the most radical changes to welfare in a generation including reforming how we assess someone’s capability to work, overhauling the fit note process and helping over a million people through our £2.5 billion Back to Work Plan. 

“We’ll always be on the side of hardworking families and with real wages still rising, alongside tax cuts and the huge boost to the National Living Wage, we are incentivising work over welfare as we build a strong economy where everyone has a brighter future.”