There is a wide range of support and provision available to jobseekers and other out of work claimants through Jobcentre Plus.
Some of the opportunities include:
Work Together aims to help umemployed people improve their chances of securing work, by encouraging and promoting the take up of volunteering.
Work Clubs are run by local groups, including the Highland Council, voluntary sector organisations and community groups, and aim to offer additional support to unemployed people in their community. Attendance is voluntary. Click the link above to find out about local Clubs or speak to your Advisor.
This offers claimants the opportunity to gain experience of work by participating in a work placement with a host employer. It is particularly helpful to those who want to find work, but find the lack of experience a barrier. Placements can last between 2 to 8 weeks.
A work trial gives you the chance to try out a job whilst getting benefits. It can last up to 30 working days, and you might get offered a job at the end.
Work trials are voluntary, and your benefits won’t be affected if you finish early or turn down a job you’re offered.
New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact Jobcentre Plus to apply or find out more.
There are a number of training providers in Highland offering training and learning opportunities to help you to get or sustain a job. These training opportunities are individualised to meet a variety of levels, needs and age groups. A referral will have to made through your Advisor.
For further information about the opportunities above speak to your Job Centre Advisor, click on the links above or visit: direct.gov
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