Community Work Placements

A guide to Community Work Placements that can give claimants the work experience they need to help them get a job.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance is no longer current. The last date for referrals to Community Work Placements was 31 March 2016.


Community Work Placements


Community Work Placements are for claimants whose lack of work experience may be holding them back from finding a job. Their work coach may ask them to take part in a work placement that will also benefit the local community. The purpose is to give the claimant skills and experience within the work place.

The placements will be for up to 6 months for up to 30 hours a week.

The claimant will also receive at least 4 hours job searching support each week to help turn the work experience into full time employment.

Claimants who do not take part in a Community Work Placement when asked to by their work coach could lose their benefits for a period of time.

Community Work Placement case studies

Following a long period of unemployment after leaving college, a Community Work Placement helped Lee find a permanent job.

After 5 months on a Community Work Placement, Leon’s perseverance paid off and he was offered a full-time job with a parcel delivery firm.

Published 26 March 2015