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BuSiNESS OppOrTuNiTy16BrOadlaNd BuSiNESS FOCuS. Create workforce developmentopportunities for existing employees, forexample, by developing their mentoring,supervisory and coaching skills. Support the local community to becomemore prosperous. Inject enthusiasm and fresh ideas into yourbusinessHere's how you canbecome involved...Work Experience: lack of work experiencecan be a real barrier for young people. Theymight not be prepared for the routine ofworking. You could help by offering a youngperson the chance to gain valuableexperience in a working environment.You don't need to have a vacancy to be ableto offer a placement of between 2 and 8weeks. It's more about giving young peoplethe chance to experience a workingenvironment. We will continue to pay their benefit andmay be able to help them with childcare andtravel costs. Many young unemployed peopleare eager to develop their skills and workexperience. You could provide a vital opportunity foryoung people in your area to realise theirpotential. To find out more visit:www.businesslink.gov.uk/workexperienceworkhow you can help to get Britainworking.Support for your businessfrom Jobcentre PlusJobcentre Plus works in partnership withthousands of businesses to deliver a modernand professional recruitment service.The Government has set out a number ofmajor welfare reform measures which aim tocombat poverty, support the most vulnerableand help people break the lifecycle ofdependency. Jobcentre Plus is at the heart ofmaking this happen.We want to continue working with you todraw on your experience, skills and talent tohelp people get back into work.Businesses like yours can help get Britain workingby partnering with us to create opportunities forpeople who are looking for work.You can make a real difference to your localcommunity by helping develop skills andcreating jobs - improving the quality of lifefor many unemployed people.Here's how your businesscan benefit:. More businesses bring more people intoyour local area. Generate positive publicity by raising yourprofile in the local community . An opportunity to show how like-mindedbusinesses are working together to meettheir social responsibilities. You are in control of your own recruitmentand have immediate access to a wide poolof talent. You get to recruit someone who has thenecessary experience and skills to work inyour business. A tailored package of support to help youget the right person for the job. The chance to influence the pre-employment training this person will receive

BuSiNESS OppOrTuNiTySector-based workacademies*:These are designed to meet your immediateand future recruitment needs as well as tohelp you recruit a workforce with the rightskills to sustain and grow your business.Sector-based work academies work flexiblyand are made up of three components:Pre-employment training:to preparepeople for working in your business. Youcan work with colleges and providers todesign the training.Work experience placements:a chance forsomeone to try out their skills and gain workexperience in your business.Guaranteed job interview:we ask you toguarantee to interview participants for anyvacancies you have.We can work with you to fill your vacancieswhilst helping unemployed people, who aremotivated and ready to work, gain someexperience in a particular industry sector.www.businesslink.gov.uk/academies*Skills and further education is a devolvedpolicy area and Skills Funding Agencyfunding is available in England only. Work Clubs:A place where unemployed people can meet,exchange skills, share experiences, findopportunities and make contacts.You could set up your own or work with anexisting Work Club by contributing just acouple of hours of your time. You could alsooffer the use of your premises.By becoming involved, you have theopportunity to pass on experience of yoursector, and of recruiting people, to a groupof motivated jobseekers.www.businesslink.gov.uk/workclubsNew Enterprise Allowance:You, or someone in your business, could workwith local partners delivering the NewEnterprise Allowance mentoring service to helpan unemployed person start their own business.You could support someone who has a viablebusiness idea to develop a business plan andto see it grow.You could be instrumental in helping themdevelop their ideas and learn how to run abusiness.Enterprise Clubs:Offer unemployed people who are thinkingabout setting up their own business, theopportunity to meet, share ideas and receiveadvice and support from local businesses.You could provide expert advice or shareyour experience in some of the areas theyneed to consider when setting up a business. You may be able to set up an Enterprise Clubor contribute with training sessions orsupport in specific areas, for example book-keeping or marketing.www.businesslink.gov.uk/enterpriseclubsWork Together:Voluntary work can help unemployed peoplelearn new skills, strengthen their CV andboost their confidence. Many organisations have already joinedWork Together with differing levels ofinvolvement. You could consider offeringvolunteering opportunities, help us promotethe benefits or suggest ways to matchpeople with opportunitieswww.businesslink.gov.uk/worktogetherBrOadlaNd BuSiNESS FOCuS17