Sector-based work academy programme

(SWAP) can support you creating a skilled workforce for your business

The sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) can support you to create a skilled workforce for your business. Sector-based work academies help prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work. Placements are designed to help meet your immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business. SWAP is administered by Jobcentre Plus and available in England and Scotland.

A sector-based work academy can last up to 6 weeks. Placements have 3 main components:

1: Pre-employment training – matched to the needs of your business sector.
2: Work experience placement – a great opportunity for your business to identify talent and for the individual to cement their knowledge and understanding of the required role.
3: A guaranteed job interview or help with an employer’s recruitment process.

Your business could benefit from offering SWAP placements for the following reasons:

A flexible programme that can be tailored to meet your recruitment needs.
Recruit staff with the right training and skills from the outset, developed through fully-funded pre-employment training.
An opportunity to provide work experience placements for potential employees to ensure they are suited to that type of role and your company.
Work experience placements allow developmental opportunities for existing employees, for example by working on their mentoring, supervisory and coaching skills.
Reduces the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees.
An opportunity for positive publicity to show how like-minded businesses are working together to meet their social responsibilities.

Contact: If you need to discuss training options please call 01536 533 696 and ask to speak with Michelle, or email: