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That was more of an ordeal than I was expecting. I have to go there every week!? Nooooooooooooooooooooo.
You actually get to do vaguely useful stuff though.
I'd rather spend that time applying for jobs y'know.
Most of it was pretty rubbish, kind of like being in school, lots of team building and presentations.
The up side is that I went on some day trip to an assault course and abseiling place. Plus at the end we went go-karting...I have no idea what this has to do with helping you find a job but it was a bit ace and made it work the two (and a bit) hour journey there and back everyday.
He said the JobCentre and the benefits thing were two separate things. One would just turn up, sign, then bugger off.
giving people a course on being more empoyable just seems like a waste of money.
I've been signed on for a while now. I did go and check out some course a bit back about getting back into work but it was a heap of shite and all they were going to do was let me use their computers to search for jobs and have envolopes and stamps ready to hand. Like I need to drive 26 miles to use someone elses computer and buy stamps.
They will no doubt send me on that very same course when / if I get to 6 months signed on. It's pointless to say the least.
you do some couse or whatever?
I hit 6 months next week and really can't see how its gonna help.
i think it's purposefully annoying and patronising to make being on benefits unappealing to people who really don't want jobs...
Luckily I got a job in the second week of my stint there, good luck mate :)
staggering in every Friday moring just to be patronised to within an inch of my life. In the office I went to they had a poster on the wall explaining how to use your fingers to help you count. Seriously. Counting with fingers.
Then we'd have a talk on why dressing smart is important in interviews or how to fill in application forms. The guy who runs the course would pop out for a suspiciously lengthy smoke and some chav would shout "get some choons on!" Then came the Happy Hardcore, mobile phone style for that extra tinny sound. I used to sit and stare out of the window and wonder if on completing this course I decided serial killing was a logical career choice, could anyone blame me?
What I don't get is that they make you do that basic maths/literacy test in the job centre and then lump everyone together on the same course anyway. Surely putting these people in a remedial maths & english class would be more useful to them? I thought that was the point of the tests anyways but it's all just box ticking isn't it? No help at all.
And had a mental block regarding what £5.20 an hour x 20 hours equates to. I had to leave it out then come back to it, LOL. I was sweating.