What are sector-based work academies?

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 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.

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