Work Experience is Mandatory
The latest DWP Press Release:-
29 February 2012 – Statement from the Minister for Employment Chris Grayling on the Work Experience scheme
“Following a productive meeting with employers I am delighted that we have pledges from some of the UK’s top companies to take part in the scheme. The likes of Airbus, Centre Parcs and HP Enterprise Services will join in Voluntary Work Experience helping our young unemployed people get their first vital step into employment.
“Despite the persistent campaign of the last two weeks we have had contact with over 200 small or medium enterprises also wanting to get involved. The work experience scheme remains and is totally voluntary.
“The sanction regime remains in place. Employers continue to have the protection with the use of sanctions for gross misconduct. We have used the meeting to explain how the regime applies. It has never been an issue with the programme as only 220 people have been sanctioned since it started.”
Just a few pointers:-
- Chris Grayling is the biggest idiot ever in politics (this is beyond the previous candidates of Boris Johnson and Gordon is a moron Brown)
- Prepending the word “Voluntary” in front of “Work Experience” doesn’t make it voluntary – in fact, its not what the scheme is defined as under law (its “Work Experience” not “Voluntary Work Experience” or “Mandatory Work Experience”)
- It is not voluntary – it wasn’t before and there has been no legislation changes
- What a contradiction – on the next line! It cannot be voluntary WITH sanctions. Employers? They are NOT employers of these people, or are they? This is the significant bit here… why “gross misconduct”? Surely if your voluntary work placement for whatever reason was inappropriate you would ask them to leave and call police for backup if they do not? Under Social Security law, although there is no employment contract and no wages, the company offering you unpaid work is indeed your “employer” in such circumstances. On New Deal etc. the provider you are at is your employer – this is how “employment programmes” work – distort statistics and sanctions.
- The voluntary nature has never been an issue which is why there has been 220 people sanctioned? (tory spin, probably 220 unique people, not to be confused with 220 sanctions). The scheme came in April 2011 (if I recall correctly), statistics are never up to date (so could be first 6 or 9 months statistics) and assuming its for 2 weeks sanction, one per person, saved £23,518. 220 is small compared to other schemes, however, it is still not voluntary
If you are mandated to Work Experience, as of 1st March 2012 or later… please let us know if you have the same mandated letter as those before did (threatening benefit sanctions). The law hasn’t changed, so even if you leave in week 2 or later, you should be sanctioned.