Jobseekers could lose their benefits if they refuse free training

David Woods , 30 Mar 2011


Jobseekers will be given training to gain new skills, but will face having their benefits stopped if they refuse the offer of help.

Benefit claimants whose lack of relevant skills is a significant barrier to work will get the support they need to move into work through compulsory training. If they fail to attend or complete the course without good cause, they could lose some or all of their benefits.

Employment minister Chris Grayling (pictured) said: "People who are looking for work but are put at a disadvantage by their lack of skills will be given the training they need to improve their prospects of getting a job.

"We want to give people every opportunity to move closer to employment, but those who refuse the offer of help, fail to attend, or don't finish their course could face sanctions.

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"This is part of our new contract with jobseekers - we will give you the right help and support to get you into work and off benefits, but we expect you to play your part."

Skills minister John Hayes added: "Having the right skills can make the crucial difference in helping people to get a job and keep it. Skills providers offer a wide range of high-quality training that can give jobseekers the boost they need. We want to see more people completing their training and taking the first steps on a path to a fulfilling career."

The new rules will apply to people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and those in the Work-Related Activity Group of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) who need extra support and training before they become job ready.

Jobcentre Plus advisers will assess what type of support each person needs, and refer jobseekers who they judge will benefit from help to a skills training provider, including a Further Education College, or a Next Step adviser. Training will include basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, or work-based training for jobseekers who would benefit from more vocational support.


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Make that training relevant

Tracey Abbott 30 Mar 2011

I went through the system a couple of years ago and even though I had over two decades experience in recruitment I was sent to a firm to learn how to write a CV and source possible jobs. How much did that cost JCP and would my JSA have been stopped even though the training was totally in appropriate?


A Le Goff 30 Mar 2011

I sympathise with Tracey Abbott. Coming from a similar background, comprehensively described on my CV, I had to attend a 'back to work' session. in my case it was very productive; I was advised to reduce the margins width on my CV document. Oh, by the way, I'm still looking for work.

Trytellingthat to jobcentreplusdodstpoular

Nicholas Callaghan 30 Mar 2011

I have been doing this recently,NVQ2 health& social Care, NVQ3 Health & Social Care, ECDL (Extra) IT. Jobcentreplus Dod Street Popular. Have been more a Hindrence than a help.They seem to rather Bully and humiliate you into taking low payed work,rather than help.

Nothing new here

Peter Copping 30 Mar 2011

These I think were the Labour Governments plans to be brought into operation in Nov 2010, recycled by Work and Pensions. The experiences of the job seekers above typify the level of performance of the commercial companies employed by W&P to offer job seekers advice and to provide training. However the 'community at large' have a general expectation that people on benefit should seek and take up work. I notive that 80% of males 16-24 not in FE are working and 10% actively looking for work rather better than some older cohorts! Incidentally nearly 40% of students at any one time in FE are also working! Table 14 attached to the ONS Labour Market report

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