Future Jobs Fund how to guide… fill jobs quickly
We want to create good-quality jobs and to fill them with the right
people as quickly as possible. This document highlights some of what
providers and Jobcentre Plus tells us works, and some of what doesn’t,
when filling Future Jobs Fund vacancies.
• Most important: work with Jobcentre Plus to arrange job fairs and open
days to help market your vacancies and match them to eligible individuals
Who better to sell your vacancies than your employers?
• Remove all steps in the recruitment process which are not essential or
legal requirements. Do not use intermediaries unless you have to. Do not
ask for experience unless it is essential.
• Evidence shows that using application forms will halve the number of job
applications that you get. If you must use them, keep them
straightforward – e.g. use the JCP application form.
• Ask Jobcentre Plus to check your job specifications to ensure they are
• Use the Jobcentre Plus Future Jobs Fund vacancy template when placing
vacancies. This will avoid delays, ensuring all the information Jobcentre
Plus needs is provided first time.
• Plan ahead – notify vacancies at least 4 weeks before you want the job to
• Block out the time for interviews and tell Jobcentre Plus – that way, they
can book the interviews at the same time they make the referral – this can
be very effective in making sure referrals lead to applications (and
speeding up the process).
• Keep in touch – if you’re not getting through referrals within five working
days then raise this with your Jobcentre Plus point of contact. If you’re not
getting applications within 10 working days then discuss it.
If possible, consider increasing the hours of the FJF job to 30 hours per
week (or more). This can make the job more attractive to customers as
other ‘in-work’ benefits may become available.
MOST IMPORTANT: Do not include a requirement for qualifications,