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Frequently asked questions

Who can do a SBWA?

To be eligible, you must be aged 18 years or over and claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance. You must be referred to attend the SBWA by your adviser at the Jobcentre Plus where you are signing for your benefit.

How long do SBWAs last?

Each SBWA lasts for six weeks and you will normally be required to attend for an average of two days per week.

How much do SBWAs cost?

SBWAs are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Hoople will provide the training free of charge to you.

Will I get a job at the end of the SBWA?

Hoople works closely with Jobcentre Plus and also with employers who have current vacancies for staff. Some courses are run as a direct recruitment vehicle for an employer doing a ‘mass recruitment.’ You will have a chance to ‘work shadow’ in an actual workplace and be guaranteed an interview for a live vacancy.

Hoople ran the first Sector Based Work Academy early in 2012. Since then we have run many more courses and the results show that 50% of customers find work within three months.

Will I gain a qualification from the SBWA?

At the end of the six weeks, you will gain a Level 1 or 2 ‘Preparing to work’ qualification. This will be in health and social care, business and administration and customer service, or retail skills, dependent upon the particular SBWA that you’ve undertaken. You will also gain a Level 1 Award in Employability and Personal Development.

When can I start?

Courses are advertised in Hereford, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye Job Centres or speak to your adviser about future SBWA dates.

For further information, please get in touch.

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