JCP Eligibility Requirements
For learners on Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy is that work placements can be up to 240 hours (or extended if an offer of an apprenticeship place is accepted.)
All elements of the programme (including work placement) are subject to a maximum of 35 hours activity each week for the duration of the programme. This condition for the learner meets the requirments of state benefit rules whilst participating in the Traineeship programme.
The Work Experience placement should consist of meaningful work activities and reflect actual employment. For example, JCP would not expect trainees to attend a work placement for one day per week over a four month period.
A more compact Traineeship is the preferred option of JCP Work Coaches, usually lasting between eight and twelve weeks. JCP can be flexible on this and is willing to discuss this with providers.
The benefit rules changed following an announcement on 27 March 2015.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have removed the 16-hour training limit for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants. This is to increase the flexibility for Traineeship providers and businesses to tailor Traineeships for benefit claimants. This will enable all young people to benefit from full-time participation while maintaining entitlement to their benefits