Barnsley Council is recruiting additional resources as part of their work to keep Barnsley moving, by reducing the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the borough and continuing to deliver critical services.
The council has been working closely with people in the local community to source a number of additional roles to help protect and safeguard communities by supporting residents and businesses.
The council will be encouraging and targeting local people to apply for these roles, particularly those who have been made redundant because of the pandemic, to stimulate the local economy by creating new employment opportunities in the borough.
Some examples of the roles that will be filled as part of the COVID-19 emergency includes support for outbreak management including local Test and Trace follow up to encourage compliance and engagement by businesses and communities. This includes the recruitment of Outbreak Control Officers, Neighbourhood Engagement Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Infection Control Nurses, Business Intelligence Officers, Communication and Marketing Officers as well as additional support roles.
Another focus will be on Employment and Skills, with additional roles to support the employment support helpdesk, supporting individuals at risk of redundancy or prior to becoming unemployed.
Additional Drivers and Waste Collectors will help to keep waste collections running smoothly.
The council's Enterprise Barnsley team will also receive support from Project and Compliance Officers to provide business advice and guidance.
Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: "These new roles will be vital in supporting the council’s work to safeguard and protect our residents in the fight against Coronavirus. I'm glad that the council can provide some employment opportunities in the borough as we work to reduce the transmission of the virus and continue to deliver critical services."
"We have prioritised the recruitment of local people for the additional emergency resource roles, which is a much-needed focus to stimulate the local economy, as many people will have lost their livelihoods and been affected financially through this awful time."