Not sure if this is the correct forum??
Ok, there are two reasons for this post.
1. People should know the truth about what is happening.
2. What do you think I should do about it.
I’ll start by telling you how I got into this situation but if you want to skip to the real issue scroll down to the heading - CORRUPTION.
The company where I had worked for the last ten years went bust and I found myself unemployed.
I took myself down to the jobcentre and signed on. While I was there I used their terminals to search for a job and discovered just how few vacancies
After a couple of weeks of searching enquiring and applying I realised that many of the vacancies listed are not real jobs, they are posted by
employment agencies who are fishing for clients to add to their database. I also soon realised that many of the vacancies are posted multiple times.
I could not find ANY vacancies in my area for my profession (HGV) but did regularly see vacancies for machine drivers. I’d had several tickets in
the past for various types of plant vehicles and so I devised a course of action.
I asked the advisor in the jobcentre if they could help me to renew my expired plant ticket. They told me that the government had taken this function
away from them and handed it to a private company. The adviser booked an appointment for me with the company.
This company received four hundred pounds from the government the moment I walked in their door. They would receive much more when I found employment.
I explained my situation and that I wanted to renew my expired tickets. I also showed them a list of local vacancies for machine drivers. They
informed me that I would first need a cscs card and they sent me to another private company.
When I arrived I discovered I was not the only person on this course, there was about thirty of us and another thirty a few days ahead of us. They
explained that this was a two week course. I was surprised because I already knew that to get a cscs (health and safety) ticket only required a simple
computer based course that takes just a few minutes.
This is where it all gets quite sinister.
They told me I would have to complete a first aid course and a fire marshal course before I could take the cscs test. I objected and said I only
wanted to get what was required to get back to work asap but they insisted I had to do both of these first.
The first aid course was two days of talking about accidents. I pressured the guy running this course into telling me what I was qualified to do and
he finally said “Your qualified to call an ambulance”.
Here’s the qualification they gave me.
If your injured and need help be cautious of people showing you one of these, you dont even need to unwrap a sticky plaster to get one.
We were then told that for the next two days we were being given a little treat!!! They told us that a man from another company was coming to give us
all a nice little talk.
The man arrived. He is private company #3.
When we walked into the room we found he’d set up a projection screen. On the screen were the words
PSYCHOLOGY – CHANGING AUTOMATIC RESPONSES.
This set alarm bells ringing in my head, I watched and listened very carefully.
The first thing he said was “It’s your own fault your unemployed, you need to set your sights lower and be prepared to work for less”
He went on to say “The corporations are doing everything they can to help us”
Before he arrived the mood had been quite good because we all thought we were there to get various qualifications or as in my case my tickets renewed
but this guy killed that mood straight away.
I watched in disbelief at what was taking place. He was using psychological techniques to change peoples opinion on why we go to work. According to
him we go to work for the good of our country and that is it. When I pulled him up on this and told him I go to work to pay my way through life AND be
able to afford such things as a car, a home, a holiday etc I was met with a blank stare from both him and the others in the room.
Realising I was a minority of ONE, I tried to explain that those we work for can afford a car, a home, a holiday etc so why should I not expect the
same, I was met with the same blank stare. It was like sitting in a room full of zombies, I was astonished, he’d successfully switched them all
Towards the end of the day I poked my nose in again and asked if he had any qualifications to practice psychology and he avoided my question. The next
day the first thing he told me was “I don’t need a qualification because I don’t call myself a Psychologist; he’d obviously gotten advice from
The fire marshal course was as pointless as the first aid course; we didn’t even touch a fire extinguisher. Again I pushed the question of what am I
qualified to do and the reply was “You should know how to make your way to the fire assembly point”
Day 11. Company #4
Fifteen minutes on the computer and I passed the test for the cscs ticket.
So, as you can see, four different companies have profited from my unemployment.
I return to company #1 to ask about renewing my plant ticket so that I can get a job. “Sorry, we can’t help you, and we’re closing down so
you’ll have to go back to the jobcentre”.
Having done a little poking about I’ve found out that this is happening all across the country. I thought I’d chosen this path but they would have
sent me on it anyway.
This is tax payers money and money from EU funds that is meant to provide training, and its being given to private companies who offer nothing in
return other than a dose of corporate brainwashing.
On my last visit to the jobcentre I was told that if I don’t find employment soon I’ll be forced to do mandatory full time work for my
unemployment benefit. This work will be for... a large corporation.
Before people jump in and ask why I should expect them to pay for my qualifications let me tell you it’s because I PAID FOR IT when I paid tax and
national insurance for all those years AND because the government have taken billions from EU funds for this precise purpose. Also I was on a four day
week for a year, a three day week for the last three months, and did not get paid for the last three weeks of my previous job, this ate away my
savings, I am penniless. I got a small amount of redundancy which got me out of debt but there was nothing left once the debts were paid. I suppose
I'm fortunate that I dont have any real debts like so many others do.
So, to repeat what I wrote at the top. What do you think I should do about it. Where/whome should I write to cause as much fuss as possible?
I nearly forgot. The cost of renewing my plant license would have been £280 and enabled me to find employment. Company #1 recieved £400 when I
arrived at their door. There is the other three companies who were also paid and there is the continued cost of my benefits.
It's not rocket science is it.
If you got this far thanks for taking the time.
Apologies for grammar/spelling etc.