Your Jobcentre Plus work coach can give you more information about programmes that can help you prepare for, find and stay in work.
This provides support, work experience and training for up to 2 years to help people find and stay in work.
You might have to join the Work Programme if:
- you’ve been getting Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 3 months
- you get Employment and Support Allowance and you’re in the Work-Related Activity Group
Jobcentre Plus will write and ask you to attend an interview.
You’ll have to attend an assessment interview with Jobcentre Plus if you’re still on the Work Programme after 2 years. The interview will help you plan, prepare and find work.
Depending on your circumstances, you can volunteer to join the Work Programme – ask your Jobcentre Plus work coach for more information.
If you’re 18 to 24 you can get extra help under the Youth Contract, including voluntary work placements, apprenticeships and careers guidance.
Help for specific types of work
Sector-based work academies offer training and work experience for up to 6 weeks in a particular industry or area of work.
Most academies also offer a guaranteed interview for a job or an apprenticeship.
Anyone who’s unemployed can join a Work Club. They’re run by local organisations like employers and community groups, and give you the chance to share knowledge, experience and job hunting tips.