SWAPs with Smile Education

We are proud to work with a number of colleges across the West Midlands, Black Country and Staffordshire to provide SWAPs. SWAP stands for Sector-based Work Academy Programmes. The programmes help those who are currently unemployed find work in schools near them. 

How the SWAPs work?

Our SWAPs last up to 4 weeks and provide an opportunity to learn new skills and get experience of working in schools that are local to you.

  • Our partner colleges provide you with pre-employment training related to working in schools and employability
  • During the programme, you'll complete our registration process to ensure that you meet our safegaurding criteria and are ready for work
  • You''ll then have the opportunity to complete work experience in one of our partner schools where you can learn new skills on the job
  • Once you have completed the above, we'll then be able to offer you work in primary, secondary and SEN schools near you

Who are they available for?

Our SWAPs are available for jobseekers claiming either Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

If you'd like more information, get in touch to speak to one of our friendly team.

Get in touch

Colleges that we currently work alongside 


Do SWAPs work?

We've run a number of successful SWAPs with both South and City College Birmingham and Halesowen College. We have been able to find work for over 60% of those who have completed the programme and feedback from our schools about those from the programme has been outstanding.

Ferida, who completed our first ever SWAP with South and City College Birmingham, has gone on to work in a number of schools, in a number of roles and recieved amazing feedback, following her completion of the programme. 

Ferida's experience working in schools

Interested in completing a SWAP?

If you would like be a part of one of our SWAPs, then please register your interest using the form to the right.  We'll then pass your details over to the relevant person at one of our partner colleges. 

*By completing this form you are consenting to us sharing your information with our partner colleges; South City College Birmingham and Halesowen College (location depending). 

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