Work Experience Programme: providing short work placements to support unemployed people


The Department for Communities works with employers to offer jobseekers the opportunity to obtain meaningful work experience through the Work Experience Programme.

The work experience placement may be within private, public, voluntary or community sector businesses or organisations. Placements must be organised in a variety of real work environments which help a jobseeker develop or update their work skills or habits. The emphasis must be to provide jobseekers with meaningful work experience which will be of real benefit to them in their journey towards employment.


To be eligible for the Work Experience Programme, participants must be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit or be Unemployed and actively seeking full time employment.

The programme is entirely voluntary and helps people to undertake work experience and develop skills needed to get and retain a job. Placements can last between two and eight weeks and give people the chance to try out various tasks in a real work situation.

If taking part in the programme, you will not be asked to make any payment to the person - participants will retain their benefit entitlement during the period of work experience.

Further information

For further information on the Work Experience Programme contact your local Jobs and Benefits office where staff will be available to advise how you can become involved.