CBI: CBI and ERSA release employers’ guide to Work Programme
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CBI and ERSA release employers’ guide to Work Programme

Guide explains how to contact a provider, as well as the benefits of getting involved with the Work Programme

The CBI and Employment Related Services Association have today released a guide that gives businesses the information they need about the government’s Work Programme employment scheme. 

Read the guide to the Work Programme  
Case studies: How the Work Programme has helped people find work 

The guide explains how to contact a provider, as well as the benefits of getting involved with the Work Programme, which is free to businesses. The benefits include:

- Providers pre-screening candidates and working intensively with them before any interview to ensure employers are sent well prepared and suitable individuals for roles.

- The opportunity to work with candidates before hiring them. Providers can help to organise structured work trials so firms can assess a candidate before committing to taking them on.

- Financial support – firms that recruit an 18- to 24-year-old through the Work Programme and keep them on for at least six months could be entitled to up to £2275 through the government’s Youth Contract.

- Support for new workers. Providers can work with you to develop a bespoke programme for potential employees (before or after interview), making their inductions quick and cost-effective.

- Ongoing training and employment assistance: Providers offer on-going support and can assist with training needs, from basic health and safety training through to taking on an apprentice.

Launched in June 2011, the Work Programme is aimed at sourcing the motivated and dedicated employees that businesses require to grow and develop, and helping people move into sustained employment and realise their potential.

It is delivered by providers who have extensive experience in working with employers to meet their individual business needs.

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