Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed BT’s Stand Out Skills programme of support for jobseekers.

Stand Out Skills will run for 28 days providing free resources, advice and tips to help those looking for work build their confidence by sharing the necessary tools and resources they need to get ahead of the competition and stand out in their job search.

The campaign will support both young jobseekers out of education looking to start their career and older jobseekers who may be finding themselves unemployed for the first time in a long time or needing to change career path.

A new study commissioned by BT has revealed that an overwhelming majority of jobseekers have been negatively affected by their search for work over the past year, with four in five (81%) attributing a downturn in their mental wellbeing to their job search.

The research also showed that the average jobseeker has unsuccessfully applied for 16 different roles over the past 12 months. When asked how rejections and the job search had affected them specifically, 45% of jobseekers responded that they had experienced decreased motivation, whilst 38% highlighted lower self-esteem and morale and a further 44% a reduction in self-confidence.

The scheme was launched on Tuesday (19 January) with a new hub at

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has seen many lose their jobs and a lot more competition when new jobs do come up.


“I’d like to thank BT for launching the Stand Out Skills programme, which gives jobseekers hints and tips to help in their job search.”

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