The services and support that Jobcentre Plus branches provide can be an invaluable resource for employers and recruiters.
You can also get general advice from the Employer Services Line about recruitment and the special employment schemes for recruiting staff.
As an employer, the specialist support and range of recruitment services that you can get from Jobcentre Plus includes:
The Employer Services Line is one of the first places to contact for expert advice when recruiting for a business.
Employer Services Line
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Their staff can put you in touch with 'employer advisors' in your local area. Hence, an employer advisor can give you specific and practical advice about the local market, and:
If you can offer a short period of time in a job (e.g. to a jobseeker claiming benefits) you may be able to through a 'work trial'. Work trials allow employers and applicants to see if the job is a good fit.
Employers must first interview the applicant for a specific role. So, you would not need to offer it to them if they were unsuitable.
Instead, the jobseeker would 'volunteer' to spend a given period on a work trial. So, they would not get paid a wage (per se) but they would continue getting their benefit entitlements while on the program.
Jobcentre Plus will check the potential employee has volunteered for the trial and that it meets all the eligibility criteria. Thus, it must only be used for:
The employer and the jobseeker must agree the length of the work trial before it starts, and it must also:
Note: You may extend the work trial beyond 30 days in certain situations (e.g. where the jobseeker needs more time to adjust to being back in work) providing it's agreed to before the work trial begins.
The employer must get agreement to carry out a work trial from Jobcentre Plus before offering the program to a jobseeker. You can get further information from the Employer Services Line (see contact details above).
The National Apprenticeship Service can organise apprenticeships that combine practical training and periods of study (often following work experience programs).
Another section explains more about employing an apprentice and the funding available when training them. For example, you may get an apprenticeship grant if you are running a small or medium-sized business.
Offering work experience to a young person can help them get a better chance of finding and securing work. As a result, employers can offer work experience programs to:
Contact the Employer Services Line to become a work experience host. The DWP produces further details about your responsibilities in a publication titled 'Work experience: employer guide'.
Jobcentre Plus claimants can get help with moving from benefits to work through mentoring and financial support (e.g. starting a business).
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have more information on becoming a New Enterprise Allowance mentor and details about organisations that match new businesses with mentors.
A sector-based work academy can help employers provide jobseekers with work experience through sector-based training that culminates in a guaranteed job interview.
Note: The Jobcentre Plus office can help you get involved with sector-based work academies (only available in England and Scotland).
Jobcentre Plus Help and Support for Recruiters