The DWP has released the names of 300 plus employers that host no-wage-work-for-benefits-only (workfare) placements in Greater Manchester (GM) and those that also exploit benefit claimants in GM and UK wide.
Extract of named and shamed list
| Royal Mail | Co- Op | Hyde Benefit Centre | Shopmobility | YMCA | Victoria Hotel | McDonald’s | B&Q | Adecco / Serco |Premier Inn | Hilton | Manchester Dog Care Ltd | One MCR Housing Trust | Subway | Mind | GMW NHS |
Full list: View online – download (pdf) 
But Work Experience (workfare) is voluntary, so what’s the problem?
With the exception of mandatory Community Benefit  work placements in the Work Programme for JSA and ESA claimants, it is true to say the DWP does not mandate unpaid work, like it did for Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) and Community Work Placements (CWP). However, under Universal Credit the “Secretary of State can mandate the claimant to apply for, attend & start a work experience placement as part of a work preparation requirement…”  under Section 16 (3)(e) of the Welfare Reform Act (2012).
These powers are used within the Youth Obligation (YO), when under the YO offer and unemployed for 6 months a claimant who ‘volunteers’  to undertake a Work Experience placement as part of a Traineeship or a Sector based work academy, “will” get a sanction if “they fail to start, without good reason”. 
The above Youth Obligation example is the same sanction based workfare framework that led to mass widespread direction action and protests across the UK. Protests that led to the likes of Tesco and Waterstones to cease offering work-for-benefits-only work placements.
Whilst the contracts for MWA and CWP ended, after campaigning by Boycott Workfare et al, the DWP has simply expanded ‘voluntary’ workfare with 730,130+ zero wage work experience “starts”  and 27,800+  unpaid work placements within Jobcentres and the DWP!
Latentexistence covered this topic in 2012, with ‘Mandatory unpaid work – the evidence‘ and I would recommend watching the Channel 4 interview with the then Employment Minister Chris Grayling, as they highlight how Work Experience is not “entirely voluntary”  when sanctions are integral.
- #UniversalCredit fact: Work Experience is mandatory and not “voluntary”. #workfare @TheCanaryUK
- Thousands of #Workfare Conscripts to be refunded £2 million pounds for benefit sanctions, that breached their Human Rights.
- Forced-Labour #workare and your Claimant Commitment
- Mandatory Workfare and Sanctions: Now for Universal Credit claimants
- Workfare Scrapped in 2015? Was knowingly…total BullSh*t?
- Forced-labour workfare guaranteed for sick and disabled people
- Prohibition for zero wage workfare, internships and work experience of more than 4 weeks?
 ‘Work Experience Opportunities‘
 Work Programme provider guidance
Chapter 3c: work experience and community benefit work placement
Community Benefit work placement referral
5. You can decide as appropriate to mandate suitable JSA and ESA participants
 ‘Chapter K5 : Low–level sanctions’ – Advice for Decision Makers
 Participating in a sbwa
K5066 … “Whilst their decision to take part in the work experience
placement is voluntary, if they agree to a placement they will be expected to start. If
they fail to start, without good reason a sanction will apply”
K5069 … “Whilst their decision to take part in the work
experience placement is voluntary, if they agree to a placement they will be expected
to start. If they fail to start for no good reason a sanction will apply”
 Charter Against Workfare
A Statement of Principles
For any workplace based scheme for benefit claimants
“First, it must be entirely voluntary.
Secondly, there should be real training so that people go away at the end with skills that are relevant to their future employment prospects.
Thirdly, those concerned must have employee status so that they are protected by health and safety and equal opportunities legislation.
Fourthly, they must be paid the rate for the job—not benefit-plus—and,
finally, projects must have trade union approval.”
Labour Joins Chorus of protest over workfare
The Glasgow Herald – Jan 8, 1988