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Jobcentre Plus

The Jobcentre Plus offers a number of services and support to help unemployed people search for and get into work.

Who can they help?

They provide unemployed people with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, find work experience, provide business start-up support and provide general help getting people into work.

How can they help?

Jobcentre Plus provide help and support with:

Finding work and getting the job

Jobcentre Plus provide people who are out of work with job search support through Jobseeker's Allowance.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance provides unemployed people with financial support while searching for work.

How does it work?

To claim Jobseeker's Allowance call the Jobcentre on 0800 055 6688 or apply online. You will be asked to attend a new job seeker interview where you will discuss the conditions of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance, explain the type of work you are looking for and find out about what jobs, training and other opportunities are available.

After this you will be entitled to claim your weekly allowance and normally you will have to go to the Jobcentre at least every fortnight to sign a declaration to show that you have been actively seeking and still available for work. Each time you attend you will also discuss how your job search is going, what vacancies you might be interested in and will have access to a large database of jobs.

Making sure you're ready to work

Jobcentre Plus provide help making sure you're ready to work through the Flexible Support Fund and Employability and Skills Training.

Flexible Support Fund

The Flexible Support Fund provides financial support for the long term unemployed who are claiming benefit

How does it work?

Jobcentre Plus advisers have access to the fund, to provide you with extra support to gain employment. This could be financial help buying a suit for an interview or to cover the transport costs once you have started a job.

Employability and Skills Training

Jobcentre Plus provides basic skills development to help unemployed people become more employable and get ready for work.

How does it work?

There are a variety of courses to ensure you have the right skills to work. The topics for the courses vary but you can receive training in how to find jobs, how to present yourself at an interview and improving numeracy and literacy skills as well as much more.

Work experience

Jobcentre Plus provide a work experience opportunities to in a range of areas and offer sector-based work academies.

How does it work?

Work experience opportunities aim to get young people between 18 and 24 who are currently claiming Jobseeker's Allowance with the chance to get into work.

If you are interested in undertaking work experience, talk to your Jobcentre adviser about what opportunities are available.

They will help you find the right opportunity work experience opportunity, prepare you for the interview and make sure you understand the role so you know what the employer expects from you.

Sector-based work academies

Sector-based work academies are designed for young people between the age of 18 and 24 to train and get experience within a specific sector through a local business to gain employment.

How does it work?

If you are interested in getting involved in sector-based work academies talk to your Jobcentre adviser.

You will receive pre-employment training, undertake a work placement and have a guaranteed job interview in a particular sector of work.

Is your business interested in offering work experience?

Jobcentre Plus works with a number of organisations to provide work experience opportunities by helping to create innovative placements that offer a real insight into the working environment. They will help your business plan a hands on placement around your specific needs, help you recruit the right person and provide on-going support. Once the work placement has finished, by offering the individual a job you will receive wage incentives as part of the Youth Contract. Contact your local Jobcentre if you are interested in offering work experience opportunities.

Starting your own business

Jobcentre Plus provide help people start their own businesses through New Enterprise Allowance and Enterprise Clubs.

New Enterprise Allowance

The New Enterprise Allowance is a scheme that aims to help anyone unemployed over the age of 18 who start their own businesses.

How does it work?

To be eligible, you need to be claiming one of the following:

The scheme is designed to help you start your own business by working with a professional mentor who will provide advice and support on:

Anyone interested in taking part in the New Enterprise Allowance should talk to their Jobcentre Plus adviser who will discuss how it works and how to get involved. Interested individuals will be invited to go to an organisation that will look at the proposed business idea. These specialists will decide whether the idea could work or not. If they decide the idea has potential a business mentor will be assigned to help prepare you for self-employment.  You will be able to apply for a weekly allowance worth up to £1274 over 24 weeks and a loan of up to £1000 to help with start-up costs.

Enterprise clubs

Enterprise clubs are designed to bring local unemployed people together who are interested in becoming self-employed.

How does it work?

There are Enterprise clubs in Mansfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield. At the Enterprise clubs you will be able to share experiences, advice and knowledge with other people who want to become self-employed. At the clubs there will also be local business people and advisers to provide professional support about starting your own business. By attending the clubs you will also be able to create effective networks with other businesses.

Contact your local Jobcentre Plus to find out where and when the Enterprise clubs take place.

Want to find out more?

Visit Mansfield Jobcentre Plus, Hill House, Commercial Gate, NG18 1LN or call 01623 413 400.

Visit Sutton-in-Ashfield Jobcentre Plus, Ashbrook house, Forest Street, NG17 1BH or call 01623 583500.

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