I used to be sub-contracted to a company VERY similar to A4E and there are a few things we all need to understand here, I will start with the very
Whatever Government "gets in", there will be a work programme. Labours "New Deal" was a re-written Conservative programmme and the current version is
a re-written Labour work programme. The name will change but it the civil service behind the scenes that keep things running. Please do not blame the
current Government, it's just a rehash. New Deal was "written" by Richard Layard which was also in part borrowed from Swedens policy of the time.
As a tutor I was responsible for teaching people the value of working, morally and socially in addition I was responsible for CV's, jobsearch tutoring
Now, it may seem harsh but as people we are lazy... VERY!! - especially when it comes to getting a job. As an unemployed person you are getting
benefits that pay rent, dental care, prescriptions, child support and more. When your "earnings" from your benefits add up to MORE than what you would
get in salary less your benefits, then straight away as a tutor, your onto major barrier breaking.
If a company is making you do jobsearch then good for them, would you really phone 20 companies at home, would you send of CV's to agencies or e-mail
company owners with the slightest chance (which is better than no chance) if you were at home. BIG EMPHATIC NO!! The allowance you are paid is
Jobseekers Allowance(it's in the title - it's not rocket science), it is a benefit not a right and as a taxpayer it really irks me when people throw
it in my face and say "well I looked for 2 jobs this week". Well good for you, you looked for 2 jobs but did you actually apply for any??
Motivation always drags from around 2 months into your jobsearch and a kick up the arse is sometimes what we need.
This is not always the norm, the other end of the spectrum is very well educated people who just assume they are entitled to a job. Nope, get off your
ar$e and find one like everybody else.
I was unfortunate to be made redundant a year and a half ago, I didn't want to go back into being a tutor in this industry but have had 2 jobs since
then - I worked at Mac D's and am now working for Royal Mail. Complete change in my life and better for it. Less stress, fantastic people and above
all has "grounded" me and I can look back retrospectively and say this.
ANY JOB is better than no job (ask the majority of MD's/CEO's/HR Departments and they would most likely recruit somebody if they are currently working
regardless of position than somebdody unemployed), get off your arse and stop whinging, do anything, the world does not owe you a living, you have got
to create your own world and do your own living!!
Back on track and with regards to A4E and other companies such as Working Links and shockingly G4S who have recently bidded for contracts. They all
have targets, they still get contracts, which is in part due to their overall wealth, little specialist companies, rural etc... have to sub contract
into the larger companies. Companies have to make money or they wouldn;t be in existence. I understand the user above who states his friends job was
self found and A4E "claimed" it. Would the person have found that job if he wasn't given the kick up the bum? Prove otherwise!!
I have personally experienced people walk into the course on a Monday, say "this is #ing stupid" and then find their own job. Surely the company have
done their job as that person has gone out, done their OWN jobsearch and got a job which is what the company gets paid on.
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