Jobcentre Plus offers a work trial programme for prospective employees. A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job. Once agreed with Jobcentre Plus, you can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and lasts at least 13 weeks. The work trial can last up to 30 days.

Some of the benefits are:

  • it’s risk free – you can try the person out before making a final decision
  • you know they’re committed because they’re volunteering to do it
  • there are no wage costs – people continue to get their benefits
  • there’s very little paperwork and it’s fuss-free

The conditions for a work trial are:

  • the duration of the trial must be agreed in advance
  • the jobseeker must meet eligibility conditions and volunteer to take part – Jobcentre Plus will check this for you

Contact your local Job Centre Plus  to find out more.