The hunt is on to recruit new work coaches who will help hundreds of Barrow jobseekers, with up to 16 roles available.

Tasked to help locals find employment and gain financial independence, the work coaches will play a key part in a £3.5bn nationwide effort to energise the economy and get more people into work.

Lisa and Kash, who are work coaches in the Barrow office, find the role fulfilling.

Lisa said: “Working at DWP gives me the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. From the start I felt like a valued and well supported member of the team.”

Agreeing, her colleague Kash said: “Helping a customer find work gives me a real sense of achievement.”

Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, hailed work coaches as pivotal in the government's plans.

He said: “Work coaches like Lisa and Kash are playing a vital role in our drive to help millions more into work, fulfil their potential and grow the economy.

“I encourage anyone in Barrow looking for a rewarding role helping transform people’s lives to apply and start an exciting career at the DWP.”

For the next six months, DWP will be advertising roles across the country.

To apply, search 'DWP EO jobs' online, or reach out to your local Jobcentre Plus for further advice.