Sector Work Academy Programmes

Is there a skills shortage at your company? Are you having a difficult time finding people who have the right training? If you answered yes, a Sector Work Academy Programme (SWAP) could be the right fit for your recruitment needs. A Sector Work Academy Programme takes all of the guesswork out of recruitment, as we work with employers and the JobCentre Plus to find people who want to learn and take care of all the pre-employment training. After some work and a guaranteed interview, we hope you’ll find the right candidates for your business!


The 6 Steps of an SWAP

Six steps can be completed with the SWAP you choose. Keep in mind, you can complete steps 3 and 4 in any order. However, step 6 is recommended but not mandatory. Hover over the boxes below to find out more about each individual step.

Step 1: Sign up for an SWAP

Sign up for an SWAP

Once a SBWA has been agreed with an employer, training provider and JobCentre Plus, the opportunity will be sent out to all local JobCentre locations.

Step 2: Open Day

Open Day

Potential learners attend the Open Day, where they will hear presentations from the trainer, JobCentre Plus and the employer. They will complete an application form and have a one to one discussion with a staff member. Once the day is over, final candidates for the training will be selected.

Step 3: Pre-Employment Training

Pre-Employment Training

The learner will undertake sector-specific Pre-Employment Training (PET). Learners can undertake units on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. However, it is also possible for employers to deliver training without public funding.

Step 4: Work Experience Placement

Work Experience Placement

A Work Experience Placement (WEP) will enable participants to develop their skills and have the opportunity to work in a real-world environment. This also provides invaluable benefit for both businesses and individuals participating in the SBWA.

Step 5: The Guaranteed Interview

The Guaranteed Interview

A guaranteed job interview will lead to valuable interview experience and will hopefully lead to employment. There is no expectation of employment, only the promise of a fair interview for an available vacancy. 

Step 6: Employment


An optional step, this will happen only if you decide to take on some or all of the learners that took place in the SBWA. This benefit is great for employers and learners. Employers stand to gain a skilled group of workers. While learners progress in their career paths.!

As unique as you and your business

Similarly, like all of our training, our Sector Work Academy Programmes can be as unique as your business is. In addition, we pride ourselves on ensuring we understand the skills you need in order for your business to flourish.

Our client’s success is important to us but our goal is also to watch your business grow. Moreover, this is one of the many things which attracts businesses to Innovative Alliance.


Meanwhile, let’s discuss how one of our Sector Work Academy Programmes can support your business with its recruitment needs. Contact a member of the team who will be happy to help. We offer a flexible approach to training that includes bespoke, commercial and online training!

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