The aim of the Skills Support for Unemployed programme is to provide skills support to unemployed individuals who are claiming JSA and ESA (WRAG) benefits and looking to enter the labour market. Through this programme we will ensure adults (18 years and over) are provided with the correct level of skills and employability support they need to increase their chances of entering employment / starting new Apprenticeships (18 to 24 years).
This programme is part of the Governments strategy for skills published in November 2010 sets out a clear responsibility for the Government to ensure that everyone has the skills they need to access employment and participant in the civil society. For both economic and social reasons it is essential that those without employment are helped to gain the right skills to find sustainable work with the opportunity to progress, and that employers have access to skilled labour to help their businesses succeed.
Through this programme there is an opportunity for the 18 to 24 year group to progresses into an Apprenticeship start, by doing on the job training. This ensures that the participant receives the support into employment in the sector that they desire to work in and at the same time gaining the skills needed through competence based qualifications, it also supports the employer by taking on staff that are training on the job and providing them with skilled labour.