Seems I've joined this one late, but there does seem to quite some misinformation around.
In the first instance, I have to ask, why the hell are you using the Job Centre to find you work? By all means, attend to sign on, but don't rely on
them for one iota to find you meaningful employment. You will be better off using an Agency or your own two feet.
On the point of Agencies, someone in this thread claimed firms liked using them as they don't need to pay holiday, sick or other entitlements.
A temporary worker is entitled to pretty much the same workplace benefits as a permanent employee, including leave and sick pay. The only thing
you'll miss out on is healthcare and pensions (and I am not 100% certain the latter still applies).
To be honest, using Agencies is the best way to go as the big firms are never going to use the Job Centre to find their next employee. I have found
job I have ever had either through an agency or off my own back.
Now, I do have some reservations about the OP. He claims to have done several "apprenticeships", which rings alarm bells for me. Usually, people
only do one. It can take 3-4 years to complete, you go to college and at the end of it you get a qualification ranging from an NVQ2 all the way to an
People don't ever
do multiple Apprenticeships, unless it wasn't actually one at all or you kept quitting or telling them to "**** off", as
seems to be somewhat common problem with you. People don't take to kindly to being told to "**** off". Something to bear in mind at the next
reply to post by thePharaoh
Points of note:
The EMA hasn't removed for everybody, it's actually given to those in genuine need of assistance, not middle class students who used it to buy beer
Uni doesn't cost £9000 a year. Some
do, not all.
Even then, you don't pay a bean up front and only pay back once you earn over £21000 a year, at which point the repayments are £30 a month, which
to be honest is quite affordable.
There is a common theme about moaning they are making Uni for the rich only based on this erroneous misrepresentation. Anyone with the required
qualifications can go to Uni and even at £9000 a year, is still among the best priced and best quality you'll find anywhere in the world.
To finish, generally speaking, I find most people who are "out of work" and can't find another job tend to be so through their own volition. Not
wanting certain jobs, refusing to move or commute etc etc..
My employer has over 40 HRF's signed off for my department alone (doubling our size) yet applicants have been few and far between and we have had the
biggest intake of Apprentices for years. My best mate is out of work and he could have walked into a job at mine, but refused to even apply as it was
"too far" (30 minutes drive). My missus won;t take jobs more than 15 minutes journey from home. Her Dad refuses point blank to look for any other
job than a delivery driver, despite there being no jobs in that sector around here and he won't travel..
In all honesty, I think if people were more flexible and took some responsibility themselves (none of this "Job Centre can't find me work" BS)
we'd all be better off.
Oh yeah, to the guy with the Degree that posted earlier about not finding work, what is your Degree in? I might be able to help. My firm has a
post-graduate scheme as well.