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Steps to Work - Step two

Referrals to this programme ended on 30 May 2014, therefore this information is for reference only.

Step two

Step Two offers a wide range of assistance to help you find and remain in work.

What is involved?

Everyone on Step Two will receive £15.38 each week and your benefits will not be affected by taking part in Steps to Work.

On Step Two you will be able to have more intensive one-to-one support if you have particular difficulties in finding or keeping a job. Additional specialist support may also be available for anyone who is interested in developing their skills in the music industry.

There are various elements in Steps to Work - Step 2:

  • work experience
  • Essential skills training
  • qualifications
  • self-employment
  • employer subsidy
  • specialist support for a career in music
  • graduate provision
  • one to one support

These elements are outlined below.

Work experience

This normally lasts 8 weeks and can consist of work experience as well as the opportunity to do a short course.

Essential skills training

This element can last up to a maximum of 26 weeks and focuses on improving your skills in reading, writing, working with numbers or computers, as well as helping you to get a qualification while gaining experience in the workplace. You will receive a £100 bonus when you achieve your qualification(s).


The qualifications strand of Steps to Work offers an opportunity to get recognised qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience through a Vocationally Related Qualification lasting up to 26 weeks.

You could also complete the remaining units of a National Vocational Qualification which you have already started.

If your first language is not English you could address your work related language barrier and get work experience at the same time.

If you hold a full university degree, the Graduate Acceleration Programme could help you by providing a work experience placement and an opportunity to get a graduate level qualification.

Graduate provision

The Graduate Acceleration Programme provides graduates with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with local companies and to undertake relevant qualifications.


For those interested in setting up their own business, this provides the opportunity for up to 26 weeks Self Employment 'Test trading', that is a period to try out your own business idea with support and guidance from an organisation experienced in self-employment issues. Test Trading is only available to those in receipt of benefits.

Employer subsidy

If you have the opportunity of a job while you are on Steps to Work we may be able to offer the employer a subsidy for the first 26 weeks of your employment.

Specialist support for a career in music

This offers those with a musical background guidance, counselling and local labour market knowledge to support the possibility of undertaking a career in the music industry.

One to One support

This provides extra individually tailored help to support participants with a wide range of personal issues.

More information

You can get more information on Steps to Work by contacting an adviser in your local Jobs & Benefits Office or JobCentre.

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