Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Workfare, PCSO, DWP admin and Job Interviews

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We have criticised Jobcentre Plus’ Labour Market System, workfare job vacancies advertised on there, Jobcentre Plus using workfare and false job advertisements to distort job counts.

Police uses Workfare

Who else could be using workfare apart from the DWP and local councils? The police of course, an institution assumed of moral standards and ethical legitimacy. However, in this case its not about some IT staff member or glorified tea maker, but a Police Community Support Officer, permanent role on a Training Wage.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER (NEP/84870)

As featured on dgJobs (reference DG/28472/NEP33120/1) :-

Routeways to Work-Gwent Police. Applicants must have extensive checks carried out into theirs & their families background. DNA/Drugs Test will also be required later in the application process. Must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to application. A basic standard of literacy is required. Must achieve a driving licence within 24 months at their own exp. Be prepared to work in any location in the Gwent Force area. Be prepared to work shifts between the hours of 8am and midnight – Thursday to Sunday. Have good listening/communication skills. Health Check will also be required later in the application process. Training course delivered from 5th March 2012 to 27th April 2012 in Cwmbran at Torfaen Training, Springvale Industrial Estate. If successful through the initial sift, will be required to attend an information session (date to be confirmed)

Job interview… a job in itself!

Why not? A clever way of doubling up a vacancy is to advertise the vacancy to get written applications/CVs; then to create a new “job” advert as an internal SOC code (SOC 0 – zero opportunity) to hide it from listings, for such job interview.

The trouble is you cannot apply for the job interview directly and primarily, to get a guaranteed job interview.

INTERVIEWS FOR CONTRACT SECURITY OFFICER (CHO/58119)

Interviews for local Security vacancy.

It is not a job and should have never been listed to boost the vacancy counts.

More DWP vacancies

Yes, DWP has more use for workfare (some adverts pre-date dgJobs showing an ongoing recruitment drive). Concerns show that DWP may have as many as 2000 workfare participants lined up to provide work for them! Some of these go back to 2011 as in when they were posted initially. Click title to view more information such as job reference code.

ADMIN OFFICER (1967 – 1970)

***Work Experience Only***Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentreplus to see if they are eligible but MUST NOT contact apply to the host employer directly .Post is based at TyneView Park,Newcastle. For general clerical and office related duties including filing, photo copying etcSmart business dress standard applies.4 posts available – will all start together 12/3/12

First we can assume they are talking about year. However, “4 posts”… 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970.. this coincides with a previous post of “ADMIN OFFICER (1870-1871)MARCH12” etc. for 2 positions. The above (WAC/18918) appears to based as Jobcentre Plus and international Pension service, such as exporting benefits abroad.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – REF 890

This is a Work Experience opportunity. Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentre to see if they are eligible but must not apply to host employers directly”.Elligibility – open to customers aged 18-24 with little or no work experience. Will be required for general admin duties and gaining some basic knowledge of the workings of a jobcentre and the customer journey. Duties include filing, preparing marketing materials and data analysis. Communicating with employers/updating records. Identifying vacancies on the internet and local newspapers. Supporting customers using jobspoints and. A full CRB check will be conducted prior to start.

CUSTOMER SERVICE DWP REF

Administrative duties within city jobcentre – plse see itinerary. THIS OPP IS FOR STATION STREET SITE – currently DWP REF. This is a Work Experience opportunity. Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentre to see if they are eligible but must not apply to host employers directly”

 ADMIN ASSISTANT (DWP – PDCS)

 This is a Work Experience opportunity. Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentre to see if they are eligible but must not apply to host employers directlyNO CRB requiredHoping to start 06/02/12. Working within a government department as an administration assistant.Gain experience of admin support and associated tasks. Develop a work orientated routine and an understanding of the processess involved working within a large organisation.DWP Visiting Team – Bellshill JCP

DWP ASSISTANT EMPLOYER ADVISERS

You will be working alongside the Bailey Court Labour Market Team. Duties include Marketing Employers with mailshots and by phone. Making up packs for Group sessions. Matching customers to vacancies and supporting Jobpoint Support team offering advice and support to customers. Cavendish Court, Eastern Ave, Hillsborough, Woodhouse and Chapeltown customers only. Customers to bring Cv and identification either passport or driving licence.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

WEX opportunity for 8 weeks.You will gain experience in all departments of this Housing association over 8 weeks. It will include the following duties: ADMIN – assisting with basic office duties, archiving, database updates, data inputting.OPERATIONS- assisting with research, reports, policies and procedures, operational administration. HOUSING- rent controls, spreadsheets, assessments, maintenance referrals, etc This association supports Blind and Partially sighted Service Users. Applicants must have a good telephone manner, strong IT skills a business administration qualification would be useful. Employment may follow for the right candidate.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER-DWP REF 1905

THIS IS A WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY.Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentre to see if they are eligible but must not apply to host employers directly.. Administrative and general office work. IT skills are essential. CRB check not required

Other Government departments

Remember, these are merely examples presented here – they are not exhaustive… you will find hundreds of others if you look hard enough. VOSA and Councils also getting in the act of workfare.

ADMIN / CLERICAL OFFICERS

Skills to gain during placement: data entry, indexing, scanning, and general admin duties including some customer service on the telephone. Applicants should have some experience using computers. Participants will be helping with the Council Tax Billing/recovery of Ctax, business rates, car parking fines/benefit overpayments and sundry debts. ***Only open to 18 to 24yr olds eligible for GBW Work Experience*** Your participation is voluntary but once a placement is accepted your benefits could be affected if you fail to start, or fail to comply with the terms of your placement, without showing good cause.

ADMINISTRATON OFFICER

This placement with the Local Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) will cover a range of administration duties and offer succesful applicants the opportunity to develop communication and team working skills and gain work references to include on their CV. Succesful applicant will be required to undergo a security/ID check. This is a Work Experience opportunity. Interested customers should contact their local Jobcentre to see if they are eligible but must not apply to host employers directly/DPA Consent form to be completed by Adviser at the time of the referral.

Oh the errors in some adverts… these aren’t errors (typos, spelling or grammar mistakes) on our part.

Old active listings

Of course you cannot always get the staff! There are many job vacancies listed as “active” that have been on for many years. We at dgJobs have only been running for a couple of weeks, we have deleted hundreds of vacancies with a posted date ranging back pre-Jobcentre Plus, and even pre-DWP and Department of Social Security (DSS)!!

It has left some however, like an RMN NURSE… (See more old vacancies from the same employer)

RMN Nurse (BNB/12371)

RNMH or RMN Level 2 required. Must be a registered mental nurse with experience in working with dementia with the elderly an advantage, must have good communication skills. Duties to include being responsible for managing a complete shift, dealing with all issues arising, supervising staff and administrating all nursing duties as required. To register as a nurse or midwife in the UK visit http://www.nmc-uk.org Opens new window (unless Javascript disabled) . Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by employer.

You can apply for this job by telephoning 01295 262083 and asking for Mrs Taylor.

Added over 4 years ago!  No really, open up directgov and paste the reference code in! If anyone is feeling brave give the number a call and ask if the job is still available. LMS jobs only are stored for a year giving two scenarios… 1) either someone input the date incorrectly or 2) the job has been relisted with the old date so it counts as a vacancy but not displayed.

Bad attitudes

Of course, most vacancies do not have a job closing date… therefore they are never removed from the system unless specifically requested.

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

Posted in DWP, Workfare

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  1. For the Police Support officer: ” Applicants must have extensive checks carried out into theirs & their families background. DNA/Drugs Test will also be required later in the application process. Must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to application. A basic standard of literacy is required. Must achieve a driving licence within 24 months at their own exp. Be prepared to work in any location in the Gwent Force area. Be prepared to work shifts between the hours of 8am and midnight – Thursday to Sunday.”

    They’re ‘aving a laugh surely?

    Andrew Coates

    February 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  2. Just a small point, an enormous number of the current unemployed arrived at the job centre very recently as a result of the banker inspired recession. These are often people who have worked all their lives until now, because they have paid into the system for years their unemployment benefit is CONTRIBUTION based, because they are in CREDIT with the system. It is their own money that is being paid back to them, when it runs out they receive income based benefits.
    So people on contribution based benefits are NOT getting taxpayer funded ‘hand outs’ the only taxpayer funding them is themselves. I’m sick to death of ‘holier than thou’ taxpayers claiming that all the unemployed are getting something for nothing. Do some research on the benefits system if you intend to comment on it. (Reading hysterical headlines in The Sun does not amount to research.)
    If the job centre send someone who receives contribution based benefits to a workfare placement at for example Tesco, they are effectively keeping themselves in poverty whilst lining the pockets of Tesco’s share holders.

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    February 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

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