Have questions about how to design an employer-led training and work experience programme?

Not sure how to find a delivery partner? Want to understand more about programme benefits? See below for some of the most frequently asked questions about Movement to Work.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATING IN A PROGRAMME?

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EMPLOYERS WHO RUN EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE BENEFITS TO RECRUITMENT, STAFF DEVELOPMENT, ENGAGEMENT AND RETENTION, AS WELL AS BUILDING A POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THEIR COMPANIES IN THE COMMUNITY.

Benefits quoted by participating employers include:

  • Access to a bank of work-ready young people
  • Reduced recruitment costs
  • Recruiting people who are loyal and committed to the business
  • Helps us to recruit and create a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Investing in young people fosters a loyal future talent pipeline, and candidates of the programme who get jobs as a result are more likely to be dedicated and longer serving employees
  • Retains high performing existing employees who support and develop programme participants – they feel their employer and their impact in work is making a difference to others’ lives.
  • Opportunities for existing employees to develop business critical skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork and resilience through taking on the buddy role
  • Provides a new perspective for our leadership teams, requiring them to be more flexible in their leadership approach.
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WHAT ARE THE CORE MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMME CRITERIA?

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EACH MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMME WILL BE DIFFERENT AS PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS DESIGN PROGRAMMES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO THEIR BUSINESS OR SECTOR.

There are some core elements that all programmes have in common:

  • Programmes will be designed specifically for, and offered to, young people aged 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training
  • Although programme duration varies, most will be 4-6 weeks long
  • Programmes will aim to help 50% of the young people trained to achieve positive outcomes, such as employment or further training
  • Programmes will combine vocational training and work experience
  • Programmes will be designed in line with benefits eligibility criteria to allow young people to retain their Jobseeker’s Allowance whilst participating in the programme
  • Successful completion of the programme will be recognised by an employer-issued certificate of achievement

Some programmes may result in participants gaining formal qualifications.

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MY COMPANY ALREADY OFFERS VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS – COULD THESE BE PART OF MOVEMENT TO WORK?

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MANY LEADING EMPLOYERS WILL ALREADY BE RUNNING INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE AND TO GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE.

Employers participating in Movement to Work may include existing employer-led training and work experience programmes that meet the quality criteria set out by the Movement.

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CAN I DESIGN A PROGRAMME OF MY OWN?

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YES.

All Movement to Work programmes are designed by the participating employers in line with the core programme criteria. Programmes are flexible in terms of their vocational focus, training content, how the work experience element is delivered and whether delivery partners are brought in to support elements of the programme delivery.

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HOW SHOULD STAFF PREPARE FOR WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE?

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YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT OR TRAINING (NEET) OFTEN FACE SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO WORK

Consider the skills and competencies that your staff will need to support young people to be successful. A culture change driven by senior stakeholders may be necessary, and staff should be briefed on the types of barriers young people may face and the best way to support. Staff can be engaged throughout the programme in roles such as conducting taster day interviews, acting as a buddy for a young person and delivering vocational skills training.

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WILL YOUNG PEOPLE ON BENEFITS BE ABLE TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME?

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YOUR LOCAL JOBCENTRE OR YOUTH SECTOR DELIVERY PARTNER WILL BE ABLE TO ADVISE ON THIS, BUT THE GENERAL RULES ARE OUTLINED BELOW.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is paid to support unemployed people who are actively seeking work and available to start full-time work immediately.

However…

If they claim JSA, they can participate in training and still keep their benefit as long as their Jobcentre work coach agrees that the training will enhance their prospects of employment:

  • For up to two weeks on a full-time basis in any 12-month period; or
  • For longer periods if the course is taught on a part-time basis (generally less than 16 hours a week).
  • If they have been on JSA for six months or more, they can attend full-time training for up to eight weeks where:
    1. They are referred by a jobcentre adviser; and
    2. Their skills are a barrier preventing them finding work
    3. Starting and completing training becomes a condition for receiving JSA
  • From the first day of their claim JSA claimants can attend a sector-based work academy which includes 3 elements – vocational training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview.
  • Claimants of other benefits have no restrictions on attending training.
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HOW CAN JOBCENTRE PLUS HELP EMPLOYERS?

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YOU CAN CONTACT JOBCENTRE PLUS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS TO DISCUSS MOVEMENT TO WORK OPPORTUNITIES. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE.

1.  If you already have a relationship with an Employer Adviser or National Account Manager, then you can contact them as usual and they will discuss your offer and how Jobcentre Plus can help you.

2.  If you do not already have a relationship with Jobcentre Plus locally, then you can contact the Small Business Recruitment Service (SBRS) helpline.  Although this service is aimed at assisting small business recruitment needs, they will help and support employers of any size involved in the Movement to Work. Please tell the agent that you are calling about Movement to Work.  They will ask you:

  • Your company name
  • Your address
  • Your contact details – name and preferred method of contact – telephone or e-mail address
  • For some information about your business, for example what you do, how many staff you employ and how many outlets you have.
  • If you already have a view about the opportunities you would like to offer young people or whether you are you looking for our advice and support in designing an approach.
  • Whether you have any thoughts on when you are looking to start and on the number of opportunities you would like to offer.

This information will be passed to an Employer Adviser, whose role it is to be out and about working with employers like you. This may mean a call back, which may take up to 48 hours from your initial contact.

The SBRS telephone number is: 0345 601 2001 – select option 2.

SBRS is available 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

3.   When you are called back, the Employer Adviser will have a more in-depth conversation with you. This will be around understanding your business and the opportunities you would like to offer under Movement to Work, or offering you some advice on what opportunities could work for both your business and young people.

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WHAT DOES A MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?

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MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMMES WILL BE TAILORED TO SPECIFIC SECTORS AND COMPANIES, AND ARE OFFERED WHERE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.

The programmes are offered by employers, often in collaboration with youth sector organisations to ensure unemployed young people are offered the support required to maximise their chances of securing employment at the programme’s conclusion.

The specific content of the programme is flexible and designed with participating partners in mind, however they should all include at a minimum the elements outlined below.

Typical programme elements are listed here:

Activity Purpose
Selection / taster process To ensure that only young people who are motivated to work in the sector and will commit to the programme are selected.
Vocational Skills To cover the necessary vocational skills, experience and certificates or qualifications which are required by potential employers (optional).
Work experience The opportunity to put these skills into action in a real work setting.
Employability Skills The chance to develop employability skills (e.g. job applications, teamwork, communication, reliability).
One to one support The opportunity for on-programme and follow on 1-to-1 support to help each participant build confidence, develop skills and find a job.
Programme evaluation To capture key areas of learning at the conclusion of the programme.
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HOW DO YOUNG PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT PLACEMENTS EMPLOYERS ARE OFFERING?

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MOVEMENT TO WORK OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFFERED BY PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS THROUGH A VARIETY OF DELIVERY PARTNERS.

These opportunities range from being directly advertised and offered via charities or other youth sector delivery partners working to support young unemployed people to being raised during meetings at the Jobcentre.

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HOW DO YOUNG PEOPLE APPLY FOR A MOVEMENT TO WORK PLACEMENT?

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MOVEMENT TO WORK PLACEMENTS ARE OFFERED BY PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS VIA KEY DELIVERY PARTNERS SUCH AS JOBCENTRE PLUS OR YOUTH SPECIALIST ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS YOUTH CHARITIES.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact their local Jobcentre (if receiving benefits) or The Prince’s Trust customer services line on 0800 842 842 (if not receiving benefits).

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WHERE ARE MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMMES OFFERED?

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MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMMES ARE TAILORED TO SPECIFIC SECTORS AND COMPANIES, AND ARE OFFERED WHERE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.

Movement to Work opportunities are currently being made available by participating employers across the UK. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact their local Jobcentre (if receiving benefits) or The Prince’s Trust customer services line on 0800 842 842 (if not receiving benefits).

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DELIVER A MOVEMENT TO WORK PROGRAMME?

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MOVEMENT TO WORK INCLUDES LOTS OF DIFFERENT EMPLOYERS WHO EACH HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE WAY TO MAKE MOVEMENT TO WORK SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR ORGANISATIONS.

Because each employer is so unique, there isn’t one delivery partner that suits everyone. We suggest that employers choose an organisation that they feel best meets their requirements, with some organisations choosing to run their own programmes. Delivery partners might include organisations from the charity, public and private sectors.

However, one of the benefits of being part of a movement of employers is that we have a bank of delivery partners that member employers are currently working with. We are more than happy to provide you with some suggestions from this list, or connect you with other employers who can provide some insight into their experiences working with delivery partners.

As long as your Movement to Work programme meets the below criteria, you are free to deliver it with whichever delivery partner you choose. We have included some suggestions below from our existing list of partners, but please feel free to do your own research, find a delivery partner that suits you, and tell us about them so we can add them to our bank of information.

Movement to Work Programme Criteria:

– Placements are offered to young people primarily aged 18-24 not currently in education, employment or training

– Placements are approximately 4-6 weeks long combining quality vocational training, employability skills and work experience (in some sectors different length placements will be appropriate)

– Placements are structured and supported and include support for job search during and/or after the placement

Delivery partners that Movement to Work employers have recommended so far:

  • The Prince’s Trust
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Springboard (focused on the hospitality sector)
  • Capita
  • Pertemps
  • ELBA (East London Business Alliance)
  • The Employment Academy
  • Ingeus
  • People First
  • Believe in Young People