Step-Up work placements
We launched the Step-Up employment initiative to encourage employers to provide paid work placements for unemployed people aged 18 to 24, who have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance or employment support allowance for a minimum of six months.
What we've done so far
We have supported over 250 unemployed individuals to gain work placements through this scheme, which has made a significant impact on tackling youth unemployment across the city. So far an average 75% of employees that have exited phase 2 of the scheme are not claiming job seekers benefits, which is great progress.
We will continue to support those who remain on Step-Up and provide the necessary skills to help them find long-term employment.
We are currently not recruiting for any more external posts. However, an evaluation of the scheme has been completed. This will help inform the planning process for a potential new scheme. You can find the evaluation report below.