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New Scottish `employability` schemes...same old faces... 01 Oct 2017 16:39 #4416

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Found this today giving some detail about new employability schemes to come to Scotland from April next year. These schemes won`t be mandatory, but given the very nature of how job centres and private companies `clique` I would always be wary of signing up for them, or at the very least, have a fully written guarantee that if you left of your own accord that it would not impact on you (a sanction).
scottishunemployedworkers.net/2017/09/28/if-you-thought-youd-seen-the-last-of-these-employability-businesses/

It seems our old friends are being paid yet again to cause untold morbidity on those who choose to apply, even though they say these schemes are voluntary. I asked for some information about these schemes last year as I`d read about them in my local newspaper and the job centre coach I saw on the day handed me a `hot off the press in her words` leaflet about one scheme. It said you had to commit to at least 16 hours a WEEK to attending, something I can never guarantee with the pain I have, so it was disappointing to read that it wasn`t something that would be flexible, yet tailored towards people with health issues, disabilities or those who found it difficult to get back into work.

Sounds to me like another waste of tax payers money pretending to be something it isn`t.
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New Scottish `employability` schemes...same old faces... 01 Oct 2017 16:54 #4417

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Job Coaches might pretend they are mandatory in Scotland.

I had a coach tell me last year I had to work at B&M for six weeks for no money or I would be sanctioned. He lied and I knew he was lying. I refused and and that was it.
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New Scottish `employability` schemes...same old faces... 01 Oct 2017 19:12 #4418

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Your right JJ. They are very good at telling people they are eligible to attend such courses, but fail to mention that we have a choice in the matter. It would be good to know what courses they run now that ARE mandatory and which are not. Transparency, in other words. We are, it seems, there to be manipulated and kept in the dark. This is NOT right and should be made open to everyone to know what they are bound to. Looking for work is the main priority for getting out of work benefits and that`s what most people comply to. These courses should be there merely as something people could look at and take up if they feel attending would help them to update a few skills or just to be with others in the same boat. But they should not be used against us if we say no thanks.
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