Established in 2005, Mercury Training Services Ltd has been delivering a number of partnership projects across the UK, aimed at helping those claiming Universal Credit to progress into employment.

Key projects that we partner with JobCentre Plus

Kickstart Scheme

For those aged 16 – 24 wishing to undertake a paid 6-month work experience placement with real employers. If you would like to apply for one of the Kickstart vacancies in your area, click here

Sector Based Work Academies

Mercury deliver sector-based work academy programmes (SWAP) in Security and Construction Our job outcomes are over 90%

What is a sector-based work academy program (SWAP)?

Sector-based work academy programme (SWAPs) is an opportunity to learn new skills and get the experience of working in a particular industry, for example, care, construction or warehouse work.

The programme is designed to help jobseekers, who are claiming either Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), to build confidence, improve job prospects and enhance CVs

SWAPs last up to six weeks, and consist of three parts:

  • Specific trade training in either security or construction
  • Work experience with an employer in the industry, where you can learn new skills on the job,
  • At the end of the programme, either a job interview with an employer in the sector or if an interview cannot be offered, help with the application process.

Participants will continue to receive benefits whilst taking part in a SWAP, and if you need to travel to the employer’s place of work or to where the training is held, you may be able to receive help covering the cost of public transport or appropriate childcare.

The programme is designed to help improve job prospects, help employers fill jobs, as each SWAP is linked to one or more genuine job vacancy.

If you are claiming Universal Credit, JSA or ESA, and are looking for work, then a Mercury SWAP could be a great way to find a new job.

If you are interested in the security or construction programmes, you will need to talk to your work coach, who will refer you to one of our programmes.