Working with your local Job Centre Plus

Working with your Job Centre Plus

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Building a partnership

We can get some really positive results from working in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and our local Job Centres but we must ensure that we put some effort in, getting to know your local team

  • Arrange a time to go and visit your local Job Centre plus and meet with their employee / employer advisers
  • Spend some time with them going through your organisation, the roles you have to offer and the types of people you are looking for
  • Give them your pre-screen form to complete with their customers so when they refer someone to you, you have a good idea of their suitability
  • Invite your Job Centre staff to come along to your service to have a look around
  • The better they know you and your organisation, the better the quality of referral's you will receive

Click on the links below to find out how the JCP can support your recruitment activities;

Sector Based Work Academies

Sometimes, the DWP offer 'back to work' 'introduction into a new sector' programs for candidates. These are referred to as 'sector based work academies' (SBWA). Here they offer people an 'Introduction into Social Care - Level 1' qualification, which is fully funded externally.

A Health and Social Care Level 1 qualification is ideal for people who are hoping for a career in the care industry. It covers the basic knowledge that learners will need to succeed at interview as well as a foundation understanding of the industry that you as employers look for.

This course is an ideal solution for those looking to immediately apply for care roles. Our SBWA will enable the partnership to achieve their aims; namely, to increase the number of quality recruits into the sector and give people with no sector experience some good background knowledge of what to expect, therefore reducing turnover.

The aim of the programme is to prepare learners for work within a health and social care environment. It will equip them with knowledge for working in different areas of health and social care as well as employability skills to secure a role. This course is designed and delivered by industry experts to provide learners with the practical and technical skills that employers seek.

The key topics that are covered include;

  • Social care provision and job roles
  • Principles and values in care
  • Laws, legislation, guidance and standards
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable people
  • Person-centred support
  • Introduction to mental health
  • Introduction to dementia
  • Communication
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Health and safety

At the end of the training course you will receive the following qualifications:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Level 1 in Personal Development for Employability

Inspired to care are working in partnership with DWP and CT Skills to deliver a series of sector based work academies for Leicestershire and Rutland.

We are offering our employer members exclusive access to interview all candidates that come through the programme first!

If you would like to learn more about how you can interview these candidates, please email us at

Kickstart scheme

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Would you like to add fresh talent to your team with zero recruitment and employment costs? Keep reading!

The government's new Kickstart scheme has now been launched and applications are OPEN. This is your opportunity to recruit a young person on a 6-month, FULLY FUNDED, work placement. The placements can be in any type of role, from frontline care and support positions, to business administration and social media marketing. Employers and young people on placement receive support throughout the placement from a local college or training provider. This is a fantastic opportunity to attract young people into your service and benefit from their fresh ideas, enthusiasm and readiness to learn.

Read our guide below for all the information you need:

  • Kickstart ITC guide (PDF, 181 Kb)

    A guide to Kickstart scheme for adult social care providers in Leicestershire.

Kickstart Gateway organisations in Leicestershire

Organisation name

Contact email

Contact number

East Midlands Chamber

07468 474307

Business 2 Business (U.K.) Limited

0800 995 6038

East Midlands Care Limited

Shadow Foundr Ltd

Prescott Mason Ltd

011644 43447

Blaby District Council

0116 272 7582

Harborough Innovation Centre/Harborough District Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

01455 255855

Loughborough College

01509 515461

Resume Foundation

07736 946690

Leicester City Council

Sidki and Sidki Limited

0116 247 0221, 0752 528 9820 limited

01455 444222

Pure Living Partnership ltd

01162 166155

Job Centre Plus - local branch contact details

Click on each document below to find the contact details for each Job Centre Plus;

Added 13th January
Community Care Assistant  - Mother and Child

Community Care Assistant - Mother and Child

Company: Mosaic 1898 Location: Glenfield & Braunstone Town
Added 12th January
Care Assistant

Care Assistant

Company: Mobile Care Services Ltd Location: Hinckley & Twycross
Added 12th January
Domiciliary Care Worker

Domiciliary Care Worker

Company: SureCare Leicester Location: Birstall & Anstey,Broughton Astley & Burbage,Glenfield & Braunstone Town,Hinckley & Twycross

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