6. Other employment schemes

Jobcentre Plus employment schemes can help you to recruit people as well as creating opportunities for people looking for work.

Work Programme

This is run by private and voluntary organisations called ‘providers’. They’re paid to help long-term unemployed people into work.

Your local provider could help with your recruitment needs and help you get the right person for the job.

Wage incentives

You could claim up to £2,275 if you recruit an 18 to 24-year-old who’s been out of work and receiving benefits for at least 6 months:

  • through Jobcentre Plus
  • through the Work Programme
  • through the Work Choice Programme (if you take on a young disabled person)

To be eligible, the job must last more than 26 weeks and be for 16 hours or more each week.

Weekly hours of work What you can claim
30 or more £2,275
16 to 29 £1,137.50

You can claim 26 weeks after the employee starts work. If you have less than 50 employees you can claim part payment 8 weeks after they start work.

For more information, contact:

Jobcentre Plus
Telephone: 0845 601 2001 (option 2)
Textphone: 0845 601 2002
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Work Clubs

These provide unemployed people with a place to meet, exchange skills and experiences and get support to help them in their return to work.

Read the Jobcentre Plus guide on setting up a Work Club.

Work Together

This scheme encourages unemployed people to take up volunteering to help improve their skills and job prospects. Read the leaflet below for information and contacts for Work Together.

Enterprise Clubs

These are run by local businesses for people who are out of work and want to set up their own business or become self-employed.

Jobcentre Plus can help you set up an Enterprise Club.

New Enterprise Allowance

This provides Jobcentre Plus claimants with mentoring and financial support to help start their own business. You can contact the provider in your area if you want to become a mentor.

Sector-based work academies

These provide sector-based training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview. They can help you fill your vacancies more effectively.

Jobcentre Plus can help you if you want to get involved.

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