Creating 46,000 jobs for the unemployed

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has come up with a nifty idea to create an extra 46,000 jobs by extending Work Trials, voluntary programmes that allow employers and employees to try a role before taking on a permanent position.

With around 1.64 million people having been out of work for up to one year and unemployment currently standing at 2.45 million, the FSB believes the Government needs to do more to get people back into employment. The FSB’s ‘Voice of Small Business’ survey panel shows that nearly a quarter (23%) of small firms think Work Trials would act as an incentive to taking on staff.

Currently, Work Trials are available to those who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for at least six months.

The FSB woiuld like the Government to extend Work Trials by making them available from the first day someone claims Jobseekers Allowance. The FSB believes this could help to create an extra 46,000 jobs.

FSB research shows that small business confidence has dropped, and although small businesses want to employ, they lack the resources they need to take on a member of staff.

Work Trials are beneficial for both the employer and the employee as they offer key skills to help businesses move forward while at the same time ensure the person on the work trial is learning new skills. Research shows that nearly half of all jobs beginning with a Work Trial have led to a permanent job in that business.

The FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation with more than 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the self-employed, and all those who run their own business. More information is available at