A partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) can provide you with a variety of support in recruiting and looking after your workforce, at no cost to you. Ensuring you set up a strong and sustainable partnership from the outset is key to enabling you to take full advantage of the specialist support offered by JCP.
Follow our simple steps to help you through the process of setting up a partnership with your local JCP.
Firstly, it is important to ensure there is organisational support for working with JCP, including from senior level. A good way to explain the importance of this is through aligning the partnership to organisational strategic objectives. It is important to be able to clearly explain the benefits of working with JCP.
Attitudes may need to change towards using JCP, so it would be easy to start with those who are passionate about the partnership initially. Sharing success stories can be a powerful way of building confidence across an organisation and to see the benefits of working in partnership in action. NHS Employers’ case study library provides a number of best practice examples that can explain how other organisations have overcome some key challenges and provide inspiration for your own work.
Simple steps to partnership
Here are Skills for Health Academy North West's top tips for building a successful relationship with JCP:
- Establish and locate your local JCP district partnership manager via the government website.
- Identify co-related agendas and negotiate any flexibilities necessary to meet all partner requirements.
- Agree objectives, preferred model of delivery, individual partner roles and responsibilities, post-programme support, project timeline and performance outcomes with JCP.
- Within the project plan, agree reviews and evaluation of activity, sharing outcomes, feedback and quality improvement plans for future activity.
- Involve JCP staff in the promotion, recruitment and selection process.
- Positive action: many health employers may wish to target underrepresented groups within the local area. Whilst JCP can actively promote this, they cannot exclude other eligible and suitable candidates.
- Communicate and establish regular communication protocols.
- Feedback to JCP at a district and local JCP adviser level for number of referrals or number of successful applicants.
- Celebrate and acknowledge partnership delivery via learner celebration events, case studies and newsletters.