Work experience

If you’re 16 to 24 and getting Jobseeker’s Allowance, you can get a work experience opportunity through the Jobcentre Plus.

Placements last two to eight weeks and you’ll normally be expected to work between 25 and 30 hours a week.

You may also be able to get help from Jobcentre Plus for costs related to work experience, eg for travel or childcare.

General information about work experience can be found by visiting the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE).

Volunteering

If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you can volunteer with a local organisation through the Work Together Programme. Your Jobcentre Plus adviser will help you to find a volunteering opportunity.

More opportunities are also available via Bolton Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) or Do-it.org.

Work trials

A work trial gives you the chance to try out a job while still 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.

Jobcentre Plus can arrange a work trial for you, or they can help you to do this yourself.