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The Work Experience programme (Voluntary) 27 Mar 2017 17:58 #165

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Does anyone know if this scheme is still in operation?

Originally posted by Spanner (10th March 2015)

Don't Get Caught Out!

This scheme is only voluntary until you accept a place on it. Once you have accepted a place it becomes mandatory and you could be sanctioned!

The Work Experience programme is for people aged 16 to 24, although Jobcentre Plus can accept people aged 25 or over in exceptional circumstances. It aims to give you experience of a working environment and normally lasts for between two and eight weeks.

If you're already claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) and take part in the programme, you will still get JSA and must continue to actively seek work as normal.

Although Work Experience is voluntary to join, it becomes compulsory once you have accepted a place. If you are 18 or over, this means that if you lose your place because of gross misconduct, your JSA can be stopped.
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