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A botched DWP experiment flushed millions of pounds down the toilet 22 Sep 2018 15:43 #10271

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed that a pilot scheme for some benefit claimants was an unmitigated failure. The cost for this botched experiment? £5.3m.
The DWP: more money, more problems

On Friday 21 September, the DWP and the Department for Education (DfE) released the analysis of its “18 to 21 work skills” pilot scheme. It was a trial to see whether giving online English and maths lessons to young people on Jobseeker’s Allowance improved their skills and chances of getting work. The DWP and DfE rolled it out to 1,211 claimants between November 2014 and February 2016. It was aimed at people who did not have GCSE A*-C qualifications in English or maths.

The trial split the claimants into two groups. One was the ‘treatment’ group, where the DWP sent claimants for two different types of online training. The other group was “business as usual”, where the DWP gave claimants standard support. The DWP contracted out the online training to further education colleges and private providers. Claimants had six months on the trial to see if it helped.

But the analysis of the trial shows it was chaotic from start to finish. Moreover, as it summarised, the scheme was effectively made somewhat redundant.

www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/09/22/a-botched-dwp-experiment-flushed-millions-of-pounds-down-the-toilet/
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A botched DWP experiment flushed millions of pounds down the toilet 23 Sep 2018 12:11 #10276

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For a Government who claims they have no money, They sure waste a lot.

This also underlines the total and utter failure of the Schooling and Education system here in the UK.
The very Idea that Young people are leaving school unable to Read, Write & Do Basic Math up to
GCSE A*-C qualifications in English or maths, A Basic Minimum standard is shocking and Appalling,
Its Time for all to Get Back to Basics, No Wonder Britain cannot compete with the rest of the World.
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A botched DWP experiment flushed millions of pounds down the toilet 25 Sep 2018 14:59 #10299

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When I applied to work for Jobcentreplus, the one time I got to interview stage which included aptitude tests for Maths and English against the clock,.the questions were way below the GCSE grade C equivalent which I had retaken several years previous at local adult education college as required for uni. The level was more like what I was doing in my first year at secondary education (11-12 yrs old). That isn't the alarming part. Out of approximately 60 mature adults estimated average age group 40+, only around half of us passed and progressed to the actual face to face interview at the end.
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A botched DWP experiment flushed millions of pounds down the toilet 26 Sep 2018 09:25 #10309

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. That isn't the alarming part. Out of approximately 60 mature adults estimated average age group 40+, only around half of us passed and progressed to the actual face to face interview at the end.

That is utterly appalling; Must say how horrified years ago on first finding myself in Jail, the number of Lads in there 40s & 50 who could not read and write.
The Next incoming Labour Government must put Education on there Priority List.
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A botched DWP experiment flushed millions of pounds down the toilet 26 Sep 2018 11:12 #10312

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I remember a basic skills test the JCP used to do, ever few years like you intelligence goes down :S . I known some fella to who had trouble with basic literacy skill had memorised the test answers as it was a MCQ's. :blink:

Also is it just my local JCP or do all the security trolls treat you like you are retarded when ever you go to sign on. :huh:
Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
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