Work experience programme

If you're unemployed, the Work Experience Programme can help you develop your employability skills and gain the experience you need to get a job.

Work experience placements

The programme offers short work experience placements with local employers. These placements can last between two and eight weeks and will give you the chance to try out various tasks in a real work situation and develop skills needed to help you get a job.

You can learn more about specific industries and job roles to help you make more informed choices about your future.  They can also improve your levels of confidence and motivation.

How to get on the Work Experience Programme

To be eligible for the work experience programme, you must:

  • be unemployed 
  • not have reached the eligibility point for mandatory entry to the Steps 2 Success programme

If you want to get involved in the work experience programme, speak to an adviser/work coach in your local Jobs and Benefits Office or JobCentre to discuss what skills you need to develop.

If you're eligible, they can help you identify suitable work experience opportunities that could improve your chances of getting a job.

An adviser/work coach can also help you develop job-search skills and advise on CV building and interview techniques. 

Taking part in the programme is voluntary and you will continue to receive your benefit. In addition, weekly travel costs and any eligible childcare costs will be reimbursed.

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