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Work Trials

Delivered by Jobcentre Plus


A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job.

Once agreed with Jobcentre Plus, 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.

Some of the benefits are:

  • It’s risk free - you can try the person out before making a final decision
  • You know they’re committed because they’re volunteering to do it
  • There are no wage costs - people continue to get their benefits
  • There’s very little paperwork and it’s fuss-free

The conditions for a work trial are:

  • The duration of the trial must be agreed in advance
  • The jobseeker must meet eligibility conditions and volunteer to take part - Jobcentre Plus will check this for you