NHS partnerships with Jobcentre Plus

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Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is one of the most experienced recruiters in the country and can support you, free of charge, with your recruitment and workforce supply challenges. 

There are three key ways that JCP can assist NHS organisations, these include support with recruitment processes such as sifting through high volumes of applications, tackling workforce supply issues and helping your organisation to create a diverse workforce.

By working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP), you can access a variety of free support and services to assist you with:

  • recruiting your future workforce
  • recruitment processes such as sifting and interview preparation for potential candidates
  • employing from specific groups such as the Armed Forces
  • employing people with disabilities and long term health conditions. 

Recruiting your future workforce

Investing in your future workforce will help prevent potential workforce supply shortages, ensure you get the right candidates and help tackle the issues associated with the ageing NHS workforce. JCP can support you in this by helping you to establish apprenticeships, work experience placements and setting up sector based work academies. Offering pre-employment support to potential candidates will enable you to recruit candidates with values aligned to the NHS and ensure that your workforce has the correct skills and knowledge to deliver high quality patient care. Below are some examples of the support JCP can give you in different areas. 

Apprenticeships - JCP works as a partner organisation to the National Apprenticeship Service and has access to its dedicated apprenticeship portal, which means they can help you search for suitable apprenticeship opportunities and also support in the delivery of your apprenticeships. JCP also has links with local training providers and can advise on accessing these. Learn more about the benefits of using apprenticeships on our dedicated webpages.

Work experience - This is a vital part of the transition from education into work and is an important and affordable investment in the quality of our future workforce. Typically placements last between two and eight weeks and JCP can help find the right people with the necessary skills and observe potential employees during placements. At the end of the placement, JCP can identify individuals that are a good fit for your organisation and assist with values based recruitment

Work Trials -  A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job. Once agreed with JCP, you can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and lasts at least 13 weeks. The work trial can last up to 30 days. Find out more by talking to your local JCP. You can find out more about work trials on the gov.uk website

Flexible Working in Universal Credit - JCP can help you to understand how Universal Credit can benefit you as the employer with a more flexible workforce. Find out more through your local Job Centre Contact or on this infographic.

Sector based work academies - Sector-based work academies offer pre-employment training, work placements and guaranteed interviews in sectors with high local vacancies, such as the NHS. They are designed in partnership between JCP and you the employer, to meet immediate and future workforce needs and recruit candidates with the skills you require. A sector-based work academy can last up to six weeks and has three main components: relevant pre-employment training, a work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview. This reduces risks to you as there is no direct cost. You Can find out more about sector based work academies on the gov.uk website

Recruitment support

By taking advantage of the recruitment process support available from JCP, you will be able to make efficiency savings and streamline your recruitment. This will mean you reduce the time your frontline staff spend on these activities. JCP's specialist recruitment support offers:

  • A dedicated recruitment specialist as a point of contact for the duration of the recruitment project.  

  • Access to armed forces champions working in partnership with JCP to ensure you have appropriate and full access to this valuable pool of candidates. 

  • An agreed project plan outlining a service level agreement specific to your needs. 

  • Sifting and screening of applications completed on behalf of the employer.

  • Interview preparation for potential candidates, ensuring that your future interviewees are well prepared. 

  • Clear agreed communications to unsuccessful candidates. 

  • Guidance and advice for employers in supporting disabled staff. 

  • Joint advertising campaigns for your vacancies.  


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