Posted on 9th July 2020
As reported in recent BHBPA Newsletters, we are liaising with, among others, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to ensure members are kept informed of services available during the period after the Government’s furlough scheme runs down. Here’s a message from the local Work Services Directorate at the DWP.
Our network of local Employer Advisers can provide a tailored service to find the right people for your jobs and support your local community. Your Employer Adviser will work with you to design a bespoke package to meet your recruitment needs, including:
In addition we can offer more support to employers who are committed to creating opportunities for people who need extra help to succeed in the labour market.
If you would like further information please contact your local Employer Adviser, Mike Tran: Michael.email@example.com
A work trial is a short period in work you can offer to a jobseeker on benefits. It’s a way for you both to see if the job is a good fit.
It happens after you’ve interviewed them for a specific role. If they’re not suitable for it, you do not need to offer it to them.
Jobseekers volunteer for a work trial. They keep getting their benefits whilst they’re on it and are not paid a wage.
Eligibility – the work trial must:
You need to agree the length of the work trial with the jobseeker before it starts. It must:
If you are a business and interested in supporting young people who are looking for work, you can offer work experience through Jobcentre Plus. Who is eligible?
For some young people a lack of understanding of the working world is a significant barrier to finding and sustaining employment. Jobcentre Plus wants to work with you to offer young jobseekers the opportunity to overcome this barrier through work experience placements.
The chance to undertake real work and adjust to the routines and habits of working life can significantly improve their employment prospects.
Offering work experience to a much wider age group can also be highly effective in supporting people to find employment, especially if they have been away from work for some time. It can develop or re-fresh their skills and help them gain confidence, supporting them to move closer to employment. Older participants may well bring a range of skills that can positively contribute to your business.
Why you should get involved
By helping young people to gain work experience, your business can reap real benefits, such as:
There is a strong social case too. We know that an extended period of unemployment, if experienced at an early age, can affect future employment prospects and lead to disadvantages, such as ill-health and poverty.
The cost to society of this, both financially and socially, is huge. It is vital that government, business and voluntary and community sector organisations work together to support young people.
We must especially support those struggling to make the transition from school to work, to prepare for, find and sustain employment.
How it works
Work experience through Jobcentre Plus will enable young, unemployed people (or other age groups) to volunteer for placements lasting between 2 and 8 weeks, or longer (up to 3 months) for some young people. These volunteers will be matched with suitable host employers and complete a light touch selection process.
We’ll continue to pay participants’ benefits and will also cover the costs of travel and childcare if necessary. Hosts do not pay participants and doing so might affect their benefit entitlement.
Young people who have spent up to 8 weeks in a work experience opportunity can have their placement extended by up to 4 weeks where an employer makes an offer to take them on to an apprenticeship.
Partnership Manager: Gatwick Diamond | Work Services Directorate | Department for Work and Pensions | Epsom JCP| 50 East Street| Epsom| Surrey| KT19 1HQ | Phone 01372 853368 | Internal 3368 |Mobile 07825 532286 | follow us @JCPinSurrey or @JCPinSussex on Twitter | www.dwp.gov.uk
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