Automotive charity, Ben, is now providing support to those who have lost their jobs and who are at risk of losing their jobs.
Ben has seen a 52 per cent increase in requests for support from April-September this year.
In response to the challenges being faced by the industry, Ben has extended its services to provide much-needed support during these uncertain times.
As part of the new extended support, Ben is focusing on ‘Work, Health and Wellbeing’ and has developed online tools as well as providing one-to-one support.
Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said: “This has been an incredibly tough time for our industry and its people.
“The pandemic has left many people’s futures uncertain, so in response, we have extended our services to provide the relevant support.
“We are helping automotive people to cope with their current employment situation, look to the future, as well as providing information, advice and guidance for job-seeking, CV building and interview skills.
“We want the industry and its people to know that Ben is here for them and can provide the support they need.
“These are really uncertain and testing times for many, but our new services can help provide the relevant support that automotive people need right now.”
The new online tools include guidance on creating or updating a CV, preparing for interviews and job searching.
Support services available include practical support for people who are looking for work, information, advice and guidance for managing money and maximising benefits, plus access to Ben’s digital platform, Silvercloud, and access to Ben’s Life-coaching programme to help improve confidence and motivation, which are commonly affected during periods of uncertainty related to employment.
BEN is also signposting and linking affected individuals to third party support, including specialist recruitment consultants, as well as a free three-month membership to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) which provides training, resources and useful industry information.
Steve Nash, CEO at the IMI added: “The IMI is doing all it can to support people working in the industry at this challenging time.
“We are, therefore, delighted to be able to add our new 3 month free trial membership offer to the Ben Work, Health and Wellbeing services.
“We know from the last few months that being part of the wider automotive community through IMI membership has helped many.
“Access to technical expertise and online learning tools, as well as topical information and practical training opportunities which should help those facing a change in their working circumstances to stay on top of the skills that will put them in the best position for new roles.”