The Department for Communities works with employers to offer jobseekers the opportunity to obtain meaningful work experience through 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
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.
For further information on the Work Experience Programme contact your local Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre where Employment Service staff will be available to advise how you can become involved.
- Your local office - Telephone 0300 200 7822
- Find your local Jobs and Benefits office / JobCentre.