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Employment Schemes

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how employers who are willing to provide Work Trials are identified; and what provision is made for external supervision of participants on such trials. (293590)

Employers willing to provide Work Trials are identified through various channels. For example:

personal contact made by Jobcentre Plus staff as part of routine marketing, vacancy submission and vacancy follow-up activity;

national promotion, including via Backing Young Britain and the Jobcentre Plus and Directgov websites; and

Jobcentre Plus customers promoting themselves as willing to undertake a Work Trial when applying for vacancies.

Before an employer can participate in the Work Trial programme they must enter into a formal agreement with Jobcentre Plus, that covers the terms and conditions of the programme. The agreement has a requirement for the employer to provide each Work Trial participant with a named contact who will supervise their progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work trial placements in each work sector have been available in each of the last 24 months. (293593)