How the programme works
The Bridge to Employment programme provides customised training to unemployed people to give them the skills necessary to compete for new employment opportunities. The programmes are run in response to employers with job vacancies.
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How to get on the programme
You can apply to go on a Bridge programme if you're over 18 and unemployed. You don't have to be getting benefits. You can also apply if you work under 16 hours a week.
Application forms can be obtained from your local Jobs & Benefits Office or downloaded from Jobcentreonline website for the particular Bridge to Employment vacancy. Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are not accepted as an application for Bridge to Employment opportunities.
You will be asked to complete an application form and return it to the Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre on or before 4.00 pm on the closing date for application.
If eligible you will be invited to the next stage of the recruitment process which will either be an aptitude test or course interview. Successful applicants will be offered a training place.
If you successfully complete a Bridge to Employment training programme, you will be offered a job interview with the recruiting company.
Generally, there are no qualifications required to apply for a bridge programme, however some participating companies may set a minimum essential criteria.
When in training you:
- will retain your benefits
- will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses, limited to the cheapest cost of using public transport
- may be eligible for child care allowance
If you're currently receiving Jobseeker's Allowance and take part in the programme, you'll keep your entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance when the programme finishes.
To find out how your information will be managed, see the privacy notice for Bridge to Employment.