posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 03:51 PM
I got my CSCS card slightly different from how you got it. I did my apprenticeship in plumbing and heating and completed in 09' also like to say I did
it the proper way- not the ' 1 month Im a plumber gas man' courses you see! . The course lasted 2 years also worked with an engineer throughout the
training...the college course involved lots of practical and also theory exams related to the trade. I passed my health and safety exam which was the
first exam I took- got something like 98% ( NERRD)
That pass mark made me eligible for the CSCS card- I have the Blue card
In the 2 plus years I've had it I've never used it once! I've never applied for a job that requires it up to now.
Another thing I can relate to us the unemployment- lack of work in my sector, really pee ing me off...And theres no change in sight! Longest I've been
on the dole for is a year from Dec 2010- around November 2011... near to the end of me cutting the benefits they passed my details home address home
phone number on to a number of private companies one called Wise ability- Australian owned ! and another one.
Apparently they receive around £4000-5000 from the government only when they find you a job! - Well I've being looking -applying for everything for
the last year or so- Nothing not even an interview.
They wanted me to do part-time cleaning jobs- I need full time though but they were pushing these jobs on me just to get the money from the government
they didnt care where I ended up !
Anyway I ignored their invitation for another meeting and I've had cold calling from them every day for the last 2 months now. I told them I wasn't
interested in their services and I know how to create a professional CV etc- but they arent getting the picture.
I've had enough of this country I can see it isn't getting any better, lucky I have relatives in ontario canada who said that my trade should get me
work out there- so next job I get I'll be saving to move out there in a year or 2. Im only 27 with no commitments at all. Pretty lucky to be fair no
So glad I got my trade though- visa should be easily acquired
OP your not alone mate! A lot of people are being screwed!
edit on 22-1-2012 by lukeUK because: extra info