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The Big Issue and Momenta Group partner on employability hotline

The Big Issue (TBI) has partnered with contingent resourcing firm Momenta to launch a jobs and training helpline for those who have lost or are worried about their jobs during the pandemic.

The helpline will connect those who are looking for support with their job hunt to a Momenta recruitment consultant to offer free advice on how to write a cover letter or CV, tips on interview techniques, skills-matching, coaching and presentation.

One in eight recent graduates was unemployed by the summer of 2020, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics, double the normal rate, with 2.2 million people expected to be out of a job by the end of this year.

The move is the latest innovation to come out of The Ride Out Recession Alliance (RORA), which was formed by the Founder of The Big Issue, Lord Bird to help the UK Government to implement preventative measures tackling homelessness and unemployment caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, said: “We are delighted Momenta are bringing their support and expertise to address employability coaching. Keeping people in work over this time is the key to reducing poverty, therefore equipping individuals with the skills and confidence to aim for new employment is fundamental right now.”

Momenta Group founder Richard Stevens said: “Every industry needs to play its role in getting the economy going, so we, as recruiters, will use our knowledge, expertise, empathy and instinct to support jobseekers back into the workplace. We know there are many unemployed due to the pandemic who have not been in the employment market for years, and will need a refresh, review and a friendly coach to support their journey back to work. We look forward to playing our role in The Big Issue’s relevant and impactful RORA initiative.”

The Big Issue Group has also been revealed as one of the first organisations to join Nesta’s Rapid Recovery Network as a Community Outreach partner, alongside Do it Now Now and Youth Fed.

The newly formed network is tasked with supporting the Rapid Recovery Challenge - a £3m Challenge funded by Nesta with support from JPMorgan Chase, the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It focuses on supporting and scaling solutions from 14 organisations and charities which improve the job prospects and financial situation of those in the most precarious positions due to COVID-19, including young people and marginalised groups. 

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