Put a little more 'stick' in with this 'carrot' of a program.
Enforcement of benefits verses 'are you looking for work', in the United States 'Unemployment Insurance' Program, is a farce. With little creative gamesmanship you can game the system to provide you with an income for extended amounts of time with 'Extended' unemployment Insurance. I would add into the stipulation that you receive insurance that you must work or be studying in or on government projects in return. Businesses would also be vetted, and allowed to purchase your labor at lower then minimum wage for a short time period.