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Tackling Long-Term Unemployment: Workfare Touts Surface.

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Timed to coincide with the launch of the ‘Help to Work’ programme in April 14, this seminar will explore what we know about those who become very long term unemployed (three years or more), what works in supporting them into employment, and why it works.

The event provides an opportunity to hear first-hand from the Department for Work and Pensions about the government’s support for jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme; and from Ingeus and Natcen about the delivery and evaluation of the government’s trailblazers for this group. The seminar will be supported by local case studies from Solent and Greater Manchester, and expert analysis  from a range of speakers.

Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the long-term unemployed, alongside practical ideas and recommendations for “what works” in getting this group back into the labour market. There will also be an opportunity to network with policymakers and practitioners working in this field.

Date: Thursday 1 May 2014

Location: DTG Venues, Vauxhall, London

Click here for the draft programme

And what do we find?


Who will you hear from?

Department for Work and Pension representative, Chris Guest, will outline the government’s approach to supporting jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme without finding work. The seminar will also explore lessons from the ‘support for the very long-term unemployed trailblazers’ with Dr Vincent Pattison of Ingeus, delivery partners for the Community Action Project in the East Midlands; and Nilufer Rahim of Natcen, official evaluators of the trailblazers. Presentation from Andrew Dean of Exeter University will examine international approaches to what works in tackling long term unemployment. The day will end with a look at case studies of individual approaches and area-based approaches in Solent and Greater Manchester.

Confirmed Speakers

Mat Ainsworth
Head of Learning, Skills and Work, Salford City Council
Andrew Dean
Marchmont Observatory, Exeter University
  • Denise Edghill, Head of Skills and Regeneration, Southampton City Council, Solent Jobs Fund
  • James Foss, Head of Employment Services, St Loye’s Foundation
  • Chris Guest, Labour Marker Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Dr Vincent Pattison, Head of Policy and Research, Ingeus
  • Nilufer Rahim, Senior Researcher, Natcen


Event Price:

 Non-supporter (Private sector) – Entire event, +£210.00



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  1. What a load of nonsense. People end up as long term unemployed because nobody in the capitalist system will give them a job. It’s as simple as that.


    April 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  2. So the confirmed speakers will basically blow sunshine up each others arses whilst not having the first idea what they are actually talking about!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  3. So after 3 years, and spending £billions on the Waste Programme, they’re still scratching their heads over what causes unemployment. When are these idiots going to realise that unemployment is caused by too few jobs, and not by unemployed people.

    Another Fine mess

    April 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  4. Sitting around in a great big circle jerk that costs £210 a day isn’t going to help anyone or create real jobs.

    Real jobs, now there’s something that might help.


    April 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

  5. “Department for Work and Pension representative, Chris Guest, will outline the government’s approach to supporting jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme”

    That one would be interesting to hear,if the truth came out it would make peoples’ toes curl.incriminating jobcentre plus and G4s wont be on the itinerary i bet.


    April 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

  6. It begins!

    They’re also advertising for Work Placement Coordinators as well, paying a lousy £19000 – £21000/annum. As far as job descriptions go, I’ve never read such bollocks before in my life. It’s hardly worth getting out of bed for, considering all the crap they’re going to have to put up with.

    SEETEC (cv-library.co.uk)

    Job Coach

    £19000 – £22500/annum

    The Role
    Due to our ongoing success we are seeking driven and passionate individuals across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk to join our busy teams working hard to help the long term unemployed attain meaningful engagement opportunities. We are seeking talented individuals who enjoy a target driven environment and are looking for an opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives by assisting them to develop a personalised action plan, incorporating short and long term employment goals. You will proactively support customers into employment by:- * Carrying out initial assessment on your customer caseload to enable the creation of personal action plans. * Conducting engagement and induction meetings * Running Job Search Session and Group workshops to enable individuals to develop skills to find suitable employment. * Carrying out reviews and monitor activity, provide customer support and assistance that progresses them through the programme and into work. * Producing and maintain a customer portfolio * Ensuring systems, procedures and compliance of the programme standards are met. * Addressing issues which impact on customers ability to work and continued progress into work. * Undertaking activities to find customers employment and placed into work.

    Skills and Experience
    Ability to demonstrate Seetec’s values. *Positive, enthusiastic approach to problem solving with a “can do” attitude. Target & results driven individual. *Ability to negotiate and influence outcomes. *Demonstrate a genuine commitment to the personal and occupational success of the long term unemployed. *Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent all round IT skills

    Additional Info
    Salary up to £22.5K Closing Date 6 May 2014 Full driving licence, own vehicle and full business insurance required. Seetec is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

    About Us
    With 30 years’ experience, Seetec are one of the UK’s largest and most experienced providers of Government funded employability and skills training programmes. We are passionately committed to empowering individuals and organisations to release their potential through our employment and training programmes and our software solutions. Seetec help thousands of people each year to achieve and sustain their aspirations for lasting employment, due to the passion and motivation of our employees. In return, our employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package, along with the satisfaction that their work has made a difference to our clients’ lives

    jj joop

    April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    • Seetec = Shitec!

      jj joop

      April 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    • “own vehicle and full business insurance required” WTF!!!!!!

      jj joop

      April 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    • They say Seetec is an equal opportunities employer but Full driving licence, own vehicle and full business insurance required. means that near enough anyone currently unemployed is excluded.

      Still zero applications for the other 2 you posted on the previous page, perhaps workers in the welfare to work ‘industry’ are just too lazy and prefer a life on benefits.

      Another Fine mess

      April 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    • Another little blow for seetec, as someone once nearly said, the good news just keeps on coming.

      perhaps worst of all being the news that they were involved in Mandatory Work Activity schemes via Seetec

      Another Fine mess

      April 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  7. jj joop :
    “own vehicle and full business insurance required” WTF!!!!!!

    And that business insurance isn’t going to be cheap, believe me. In fact for what they’re paying it probably isn’t going to be worth the bother at all.


    April 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  8. This is very true, Guardian letters today,

    “• Oxfam’s new report shows that, while the benefit cap has attracted the headlines, it is the abolition of council tax benefit that has had the widest impact of all the coalition’s cuts (Welfare cuts harm 1.75m of poorest families, says Oxfam, 22 April). At Z2K, our advisers see a steady stream of those being charged £4 or £5 a week council tax from their jobseeker’s allowance. Many are also weighed down with spurious “legal costs” by their council, after they fall behind with payments. No wonder they call it the poll tax mark 2.

    The coalition might be responsible for cutting council tax benefit, but, in London at least, it is Labour councils such as Brent, Newham and Southwark that are hitting their residents hardest, charging those out of work up to 20% of the full council tax. Ed Miliband has made welcome pledges to scrap the bedroom tax and work capability assessment. It is time he made a similar pledge to restore a fully funded national system of council tax benefit too.
    Joanna Kennedy
    Chief executive, Z2K”

    Andrew Coates

    April 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  9. Well, when I last checked on trailblazer (the trial name giving to what’s commonly referred to now as PWPS) the results weren’t that flattering so it will be interesting to see what spin this lot put on it.

    The crazy thing here though is you would think even the work programme would be included in such a discussion yet it all seems geared for after the fact, meaning its still going to be about penny pinching and how on earth can we get them off the books before election.

    Getting an employer to not stigmatise the long term unemployed without a cash incentive is one of the holy grails, new deal, flexible new deal, work programme all failed to address this adequately. That’s 16 years from the likes of Labour to Conservative/liberal governance, from public to private sector.

    Now this is probably wishful thinking but who knows, perhaps they will start thinking out of the box and or dust off some of the more expensive but yielding practices so I will have to wait for the findings. This said if the post above is anything to go by I strongly suspect more torture, less help as usual.


    April 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  10. “Despite what politicians would like to think, the charitable sector has no need for hundreds of thousands of forced workers. The truth is that there isn’t enough workfare to go round for everyone on benefits, let alone real, paid work.”

    The above quote is taken from another piece on Workfare:


    It looks as though the Help to Work scheme contains the seeds of its own destruction before it gets off the ground, because there is simply not enough placements – even if these placements are “free” to employers.

    You can’t get a quart out of a pint pot!


    April 24, 2014 at 7:38 am

    • Workfare is toxic!! No half self-respecting, decent ’employer’ will touch these schemes with a bargepole. And for those of them who might be tempted the potential for damage to reputation and/or profits far out-ways any ‘benefit’ from ‘free’ labour.

      End Unpaid Work

      April 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

  11. Meanwhile, does any reader on here have any information about the “Mandatory Attendance Centres” announced by the Tories at their last Conference?

    The Tories wanted the unemployed to spend 35 hours a week entombed in these Centres doing mandatory (and futile) jobsearch.


    April 24, 2014 at 7:55 am

    • Not a word.

      Andrew Coates

      April 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    • You mean the Mandatory Attendance Daycentres (MAD)? lol


      April 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    • Expect it to be “re-announced” at the next Tory conference lol 🙂


      April 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

    • From what I gather DWP envision a mix of 35 hours a week CAP with a day in between to jobsearch and that only the hard to place will infact endure 35 hours a week job search.


      April 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    • Does This Mean That The Dencora Detention Centre Could Reopen. I Was Wondering Why Some PA’s At Wpp Were Being ”Over Nice”


      April 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

  12. Another “employer” withdraws from Community Work Placements:


    Lone Ranger

    April 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

  13. Gaia

    The question is how will the swelling hordes of unemployed people be physically accommodated in these “Mandatory Attendance Centres” each day, every day, for 35 hours a week – every week for 6 months?

    Does the office space exist? The DWP have been loudly silent about it!

    Also remember Jobcentres don’t even have any public toilet facilities, and now it looks as though they have no public telephones, so when we remember previous versions of “help-to-work” schemes with long squabbling queues for the few telephones and computers available, there are likely to be some very long queues for the toilet.

    The whole thing is an unworkable Tory fantasy dreamed-up to inflict more misery on the unemployed.


    April 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      • For “Another fine mess”

        Excellent find!

        Despicable, vindictive, mean-spirited venom, spewed out on the unemployed.

        Not one single job will be created with this treadmill of increasingly punitive benefit entitlement rules. Expect sanctions to soar.


        April 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      • Another Fine mess

        April 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      • For “Another Fine mess” – and others

        The final chilling words in the PCS circular reveal that the PCS is clearly concerned about the dangers to Civil Servants in Jobcentres:

        “Risk assessments should be used to identify for a potential increase in CSMs [Customer Service Managers] and G4S security guards.”

        The very fact that they need extra G4S security guards shows the increasing dangers at work inside Jobcentres nowadays.

        It’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed. How so many members of the public are allowed to be intimidated day in and day out with no prosecutions being brought against the provocative actions of the perpetrators, has always baffled me.


        April 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      • Hey, that was a well needed piece of evidence you gifted me their another fine mess, nice post, nice post indeed sir.


        April 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • And the answer I gave was cap.

      Its the only document I have seen todate where one of the conditions in the contract is that the claimant spends at least a day a week (I assume 7 hours) jobsearching. It even makes reference on how to manage hard to place claimants and makes reference to compulsory weekly jobsearch.

      The plan was never to have everyone jobsearch as from a tory stance its purely for the figures, as if they can get this going and get at least a third of the claimant count on it, the as I like to call it, boomerang effect will naturally take effect. Whether that will benefit you or I however is entirely another matter.


      April 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  14. Never mind, you can apply for a job with the secret intelligence service. Think I’m kidding?

    See this:


    Mind you, according to the advert, “You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member.
    They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.”

    Secret Agent

    April 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    • Can you imagine writing down your secret application details in your jobsearch diary and then being interrogated in public at a Jobcentre about it?

      Whatever will MI5 think?

      Secret Agent

      April 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    • Another Fine mess

      April 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      • For “Another Fine mess”

        I see the vacancy you mentioned for MI5 was posted on 1st April. Do you think that is significant? UJM can’t really be taken seriously because there have been so many spoof and phoney vacancies posted on there already – including vacancies for the secret service!

        But the vacancy I mentioned on here earlier today was posted this very day on another well known private recruitment site!

        I also note the vacancy you mentioned was for “Intelligence Analysts”, whereas the vacancy I listed today was for “Business Support Assistants”

        Don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret!!

        Secret Agent

        April 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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