Main Report - Page 10 of 10
Many job seekers would say that all they did was do a job search and mess about then go home so what was the point of all that? A further complaint by job seekers was with regard to being sent on training after training courses that may look good on their CV but did nothing to help pay the bills at the end of the day.
Some of these feelings between all concerned appeared to have developed simply because there was little, or no, dialogue between providers, advisers and the client and no independent information about the quality or content of these service providers to ensure that all that could be done was being done and not just wasting everyone’s time.
Often the only feedback advisers received was from claimants who had poor experiences to report. As one adviser at a focus group session noted: “We don’t get to hear about the positive experience or the good outcomes, because those claimants leave benefits and move into work” (Adviser Focus group)
Job clubs also came under fire for being a total waste of time as just like job seeker service providers it all came down to just sitting in front of a computer all day long and doing a job search.
Something that many job seekers would say was that doing a job search at a job club, often supervised by volunteers themselves, could be done at home on their own laptops anyway rather than travel to get there and do the exact same thing as they do at home.
Volunteering and work experience schemes do have merit when it comes to school leavers who have as yet never experienced a working environment or for someone wishing to try their hand at a new line of work from what they have been doing in the past.
There are those who will say that with the opportunities provided by local charities and voluntary organisations, plus work experience schemes, young unemployed people can get valuable work experience through a placement with a local business or charity based organisation and such experience can truly help them in the future.
Taking part in such things will not only give them valuable experience but it can also help them to build their CVs and make them more marketable to potential employers.
Work experience also provides young unemployed people with a potential new route to getting onto an apprenticeship or even an offer of pre-employment training and work experience placements in sectors with high volumes of current local vacancies.
However people in the 60 plus age range often feel that at their age, and with only a very few years to go before retirement, such work experience or voluntary based training, or even qualification based training, to be a waste of time. More so as they really do not want to waste their valuable and very short limited time on such things.
Although even a more senior in age job seeker may need to learn and experience new job skills, if needed, they are very reluctant to do so at their time of life.
Many 60 plus job seekers also find the term 'work experience' very silly when you take into account that they may have had high profile fully job experienced positions way long before many of those who run such courses were even born.
Job Agencies - were another focus of complaint by job seekers in the 60 plus age range.
They found them very limited with regard to assisting them with finding a job and soon realised that all the thousands of onsite agencies were all simply sharing the same job positions between them.
They also came to realise very soon that many such agencies were contacting them with a job offer, that did not exist, in an effort to make them either register with their agency website online or to visit them in person simply to recruit them onto their books.
As a result of this situation they could not understand why jobcentres were forcing, or at the very least prompting them, to join such agencies when they knew of this common practice. [End of Report]