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Jobcentre Plus has one of Britainís largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly
Finding a job
Jobcentre Plus has one of Britain's largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly. The database also lets you search for training, career information, voluntary work and childcare providers across the UK. You can search the database via Universal Jobmatch (www.gov.uk - search for 'jobs') or by using the Job Point in your local Jobcentre.
When you find a job you are interested in, either using the Jobcentre Plus job search or at the Job Point in your local Jobcentre, Jobcentre advisers will tell you how to apply, send you an application form and may even contact the employer (so have your address, National Insurance number, date of birth and the job reference number to hand).
If you're unsure which benefits you can get, you can check online using the Gov.uk 'Benefits calculators' pages ( www.gov.uk - search for ëbenefits calculatorsí).
You can also claim by phone by calling Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688. Thereís a Welsh-language line on 0800 012 1888, and a textphone on 0800 023 4888 if you find it hard to speak or hear clearly. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm.
Armed Forces Champions
Armed Forces Champions have been established in Jobcentre Plus districts throughout the country to ensure that the concerns of Service personnel and their families are addressed. Working with local bases and Families Federations, the role of the Champions is to raise awareness of the support available through Jobcentre Plus, such as information on the local labour market and how to claim benefits. (Any problems accessing Jobcentre Plus services can be fed through to local Champions via Unit Admin Offices.)
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