The Regions, Welfare to Work

– Mandatory Work Related Activity comes on stream

Extra push for jobseekers as mandatory work activity placements come on-stream for those who need more focus

From the 17th May 2011 Jobcentre Plus advisers will refer jobseekers that need additional support to get back to work onto mandatory work activity. Advisers have the power to refer job seekers to a four week placement if they believe a jobseeker will benefit from experiencing the habits and routines of working life, they

The scheme has already started in London, the East and Yorkshire & the Humber and will be delivered by a range of private, voluntary and third sector organisations. The scheme will be available throughout the country by the beginning of June 2011.

Every work placement will offer;

  • The opportunity to gain fundamental work disciplines
  • will be of benefit to the local community.

Participants will be expected to spend up to 30 hours a week, for 4 weeks on their Work Activity placement and will be required to continue to look for work.

Minister for Employment Chris Grayling said:

… These placements are all about getting people into a working routine if they need an additional push to get into employment.

This is beneficial to some jobseekers as it will allow them to develop more of a ‘work orientated mindset’ … it also makes them a much more appealing prospect for an employer … We are determined to break the habit of worklessness and get those who can work into jobs.”

Customers who fail to complete a placement without good cause will lose their Jobseeker’s Allowance for a minimum of 3 month.

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Chris Collins

Business Development Manager


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