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New work experience matching scheme for young unemployed people

  • Published: Monday, 24 January 2011

A new work experience scheme has been launched to match young unemployed people with some of the UK's leading employers. Under the scheme, young people will also be able to do more work experience without the risk of losing benefits.

Jobcentre Plus work experience scheme

Contact Jobcentre Plus for details of the work experience matching scheme

Under the new scheme, unemployed young people between 18 and 21 will be matched by Jobcentre Plus with employers looking for people to do work experience.

A number of the UK’s leading employers have already signed up for the scheme.

These include:

  • Homebase
  • Hilton Hotels
  • McDonalds
  • Carillion
  • Coyle Personnel
  • Punch Taverns

As well as providing real value to the employer, it is hoped that new scheme will also provide young people with valuable experience and a decent entry on their CV.

Young people who take part in the scheme will also be able to do more experience without the risk of losing benefits.

Under the old system you were only allowed to do two weeks work experience before facing the loss of benefits. Under the new scheme, this has been extended up to eight weeks work experience.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "Our new work experience scheme will give young people the chance to get valuable experience in a business for up to two months, which will make a real difference to their confidence, their employability and their prospects."

For further information, and to apply for the work experience matching scheme, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office.

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