Work Experience and Volunteering

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) strongly promote Work Experience and Volunteering to all our customers who receive:

  • Jobseekers Allowance (including under 18 receiving Severe Hardship)
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support (as a Lone Parent, Carer or under 18 due to estrangement)

DWP have strong links with local employers and can arrange for anyone of any ages to undertake a Work Experience Placement. People wishing to undertake Work Experience can also promote themselves to employers and arrange a placement themselves, but they MUST inform their DWP Work Coach for Health and Safety purposes.DWP will ensure personal circumstances are taken into account when looking for a suitable placement and will tailor the hours to suit the participant.

Participants are also able to get travel expenses, child care, replacement care and clothing if required.

The benefits of Work experience and Voluntering are:

  • Up-to-date references from an employer
  • Current/up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • An understanding or the ‘World of Work’ in a modern workplace
  • ‘Try before you buy’-for those trying a new occupation or those with health problems
  • Improved confidence & self esteem
  • Social skills and personal interaction with employers
  • Understanding of what employers want
  • Improved Employability

Participants MUST inform their DWP Work Coach if they are undertaking any Volunteering Placements or Work Experience.

For more information please contact your TFEA or local Jobcentre Plus Office/Universal Credit Outlet.


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Last updated: 23 November 2016

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