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FAQs about your local employment office

When you're out of work, you can use all the help you can get to find employment. Your local employment office, now known as the Jobcentre Plus, is an excellent source of information and advice. Here we answer some of your common queries about the Jobcentre.

What is the Jobcentre Plus?

The Jobcentre Plus is a public body and comes under the remit of the Department for Work and Pensions. It provides unemployment services and helps people to find jobs, and employers to fill vacancies.

How can I find a job with the Jobcentre Plus?

The Jobcentre Online is one of the easiest way to browse vacancies. Just select your location and the distance you are willing to travel to work, then search. You can also refine the results by sector and job category. Jobcentre Plus offices have touchscreen computers that allow you to browse these vacancies and submit applications electronically. A Jobcentre advisor will also be on hand to provide advice on applying and interviewing for jobs.

What sort of programmes and schemes does the Jobcentre offer?

The Jobcentre offers a wide range of schemes and programmes to help people get back to work. Some of the most popular include:

  • Work experience placements for job seekers who are aged between 18 and 24
  • Financial help for travelling to an interview and payments when you start work
  • Enterprise clubs to help the unemployed who are thinking about setting up a business
  • Work programmes which help you prepare for, find and stay in work, or increase your hours at your current job
  • Help with drug or alcohol problems that prevent you from working
  • Work academies that offer relevant industry training and a guaranteed job interview
  • Volunteer programmes that help you gain new skills and improve your chances of finding work
  • Work trials that will allow you to try a new job without affecting your benefit entitlement
  • Work schemes to help disabled people find jobs

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