The Court of Appeal ruled today that the regulations under which most of the Government's back-to-work schemes were created are unlawful.
Sector-based work academies (SBWA) were introduced in 2011 and form part of a larger government initiative called ‘Get Britain Working’.
Here's a guide to what the scheme offers:
- The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) scheme is one of the measures to help those who are ready for work and receiving benefits to secure employment.
- The programme is for recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
- The scheme is a voluntary programme for recipients, however once a claimant has accepted a place attendance becomes mandatory.
- Benefit sanctions could be imposed if claimants fail to start or fail to comply with the terms of their SBWA.
- A SBWA can last up to six weeks and consists of pre-employment training, a work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview.