New Scottish hub provides vital links to jobs during pandemic

People seeking work can find out about jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic using a new online service.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has introduced the national online careers resource to include information on immediately available vacancies.

The My World of World Job Hub connects employers directly involved in the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic with individuals actively seeking work at this challenging time.

Employers are able to promote their vacancies free of charge to tens of thousands of people visiting My World of Work.

The Job Hub has been developed in partnership between national skills agency SDS and a range of industry bodies.

Immediate job opportunities are available in healthcare, food and grocery retail, social care, childcare, delivery and distribution, food manufacturing and production.

Website users can also access additional support including CV tools, skills builders and other career information and advice.

SDS’s director of industry and enterprise networks Gordon McGuinness said: “SDS has worked rapidly to develop the My World of Work Job Hub in response to requests from a range of industry partners who are highlighting skills gaps in their businesses at this critical time.

“It gives people immediate access to job vacancies that employers need filled right now.”

Minister for Business Jamie Hepburn said:“This is a valuable response to unexpected job losses in some industries, alongside the need to realign workers to other industries that are facing high and immediate recruitment surges.

“Many employers are facing acute skills gaps in their businesses, including areas of critical importance to the economy, including health boards, food and drink production, retail and other sectors. To have a site which brings employer vacancies together with a broad audience through Scotland’s dedicated careers resource is a very welcome step.”

Lucy Husband, UK market development director for Scotland Food & Drink said: “From farm to sea, shelf to plate, the Scottish food and drink sector is being hit hard as the effects of Coronavirus unfold. It’s a critical time particularly for farmers who are facing a huge shortage of vital seasonal workers. At the same time foodservice and catering businesses are having to let people go as their normal routes to market shut.

“Having a resource like Job Hub means we can help match those who find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly out of work with those crying out for immediate, temporary people. Ultimately it will help keep our industry providing the food and drink consumers need.”

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