THE new temporary Jobcentre Plus in Colchester has officially opened its doors.

The centre, in Headgate, has been opened as part of the Government's Plan for Jobs scheme.

It will have 32 work coaches who provide one on one support to claimants.

Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment said: “We know this has been a challenging time for many people and that’s why we’re boosting our DWP Jobcentre support in every community of the UK, including here in Colchester.

“Every customer benefits from having a dedicated work coach. They know the local jobs market and work with local businesses to match jobseekers to the latest opportunities.

“It’s brilliant to see our Plan for Jobs in action, from Kickstart to Sector-based Work Academy Programmes, our work coaches are there to help people thrive and progress in work.”

This new Jobcentre Plus is one of the new temporary sites announced by DWP earlier this year, building on the existing 639 Jobcentres across the UK.

The additional space will accommodate new Work Coaches recruited in Colchester, helping more people to transform their lives through tailored employment support.