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The Restart Scheme

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What is the Business Support?

People who have been claiming Universal Credit for 12- 18 months have access to enhanced support to find work. Jobs 22 was chosen to run Restart Scheme across East Central England; an area which includes Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, North Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire & Warwickshire.

We work with local delivery partners in each region, chosen for their expertise and standing in the local community.  We prioritise working with small to medium sized organisations with specialisms in employability, health, housing, training, and education as well as public sector organisations including local government and FE & HE institutions.

Working with local employers, local government, and support services based in the area, Jobs 22 has created a service that gives Restart Scheme participants extra help and tailored support by removing barriers to sustainable employment. 

Everyone who accesses the Restart Scheme receives tailored support starting with an introduction to their Jobs 22 Employment Coach, who is there to advise and support the entire journey.

All participants are supported with the tools, technology, and coaching they need to jump-start personal development and succeed in their job search.  We create bespoke support systems by partnering with local organisations and charities so our participants are empowered to join local businesses with the skills they need to succeed.

Our support doesn’t end when a new job contract is signed.  The Jobs 22 approach offers continued services to participants beyond their start date so employers can trust their new employee is supported with everything they need to deliver in their new role. 

The ongoing relationships we build with employers across the region allow us to ensure that participants can succeed in building a sustainable career, once employed.  By focusing on individual participant success, we can have a huge positive impact on local businesses, partners, and the community beyond.



In most instances, to be eligible for Restart Scheme, a participant must:

  • Be on Universal Credit in the Intensive Work Search Regime (IWSR) for between 12 months and 18 months (19 months), with time in receipt of new style Jobseekers Allowance counting towards this
  • Have no sustained earnings at the point of referral
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Reside in England or Wales
  • Be of working age (16+ Wales and 18+ England)
  • Not currently be taking part in other DWP Contracted Employment Provision

DWP reserves the right to refer participants who are in the UC Intensive Work Search Regime, fall outside the standard eligibility criteria or have not been selected for the Restart Scheme.

Please note discretionary referrals are not to be submitted until Work Coaches are advised to do so.

Discretionary referrals could account for up to 10% of total referrals

The Restart Scheme is a mandatory programme, however, participants will be encouraged to engage on a voluntary basis with mandation being used as last resort.

Who runs it?

Jobs 22 Ltd

How to find out more?

To find out more or to apply please click here.

Contact information:

Jobs 22 Ltd

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