The Steps 2 Success programme is being delivered by organisations called lead contractors, with support from local providers, in different regions in Northern Ireland. The programme is mandatory for those who have been on Jobseeker’s Allowance for a specific time.

Participants on Steps 2 Success will receive support to prepare for work, get a job and progress in work with the support of their adviser and lead contractor.

While taking part in Steps 2 Success the participant will continue to receive any Social Security benefits they are entitled to. The contractor will provide details of financial help and allowances which are available when joining the programme.

Progression to Employment Plan

While on the programme the lead contractor will provide support, agreed with the participant, to achieve jobs goals. This is called a ‘Progression to Employment Plan’ and will be personal to the participant. The contractor will help participants by:

  • allocating an adviser, when they join the programme
  • discussing job goals, previous work experience and individual circumstances
  • agreeing a personal ‘Progression to Employment Plan’ which will set out what will be done to help the participant get a job
  • agreeing the in-work support available to help the participant stay in work when they find a job

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