JOB SEEKERS can now enjoy free broadband for six months thanks to a new initiative from TalkTalk and the UK government.

The new vouchers will be available to people looking for a job and who have a work coach through JobCentre.


TalkTalk is in partnership with the Ministry of Work and Pensions on a new Internet access system for job seekers.Credit: Alamy

The program, which was launched in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), aims to tackle digital exclusion and remove barriers to employment in the UK.

If you are eligible for assistance, you will receive a six-month non-contracted TalkTalk Fiber35 broadband connection voucher, which offers average speeds of 38 Mbps

Usage is not capped, which means there are no data limits and no credit check or contract is required.

At the end of the six month period, you can choose to contract with TalkTalk or cancel the service.

If you decide to cancel, you will not be charged any additional fees or registration fees.

While the DWP job centers have remained open to support the most vulnerable in society throughout the pandemic, much of the training and employment support has been moved online.

This means that an internet connection is even more important for people looking to find work.

TalkTalk and the DWP tested the voucher in Greater Manchester and Cheshire at the start of the UK’s second shutdown last year, to support job seekers who were stuck at home.

As a result of the successful trial, which gave people new employment and training opportunities, TalkTalk is now rolling out the program nationwide so that all Jobcentre Plus work coaches can deliver the right ones. .

TalkTalk provides referral codes to the DWP, which the DWP distributes to eligible customers so that they can prepay.

Customers then call TalkTalk directly using a dedicated number to redeem the codes. The DWP is responsible for identifying and orienting participants according to their needs.

Daniel Kasmir, Director of Human Resources and Purchasing at TalkTalk, said: ‘Many people across the UK are struggling to access the internet, the effects of the pandemic are causing the number of Universal Credit applicants to double in one. year.

“The successful trial of this program in the Northwest demonstrates the value of broadband for those seeking employment. “

TalkTalk believes the voucher program could be applied more broadly to other digitally excluded communities and will explore options with schools and boards to tailor the program to specific groups.

The Fibre35 product has maximum speeds of up to 40MB. Users will enjoy Wi-Fi connection throughout the household via a router and online security and safety packages are included in the service.

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