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SEETC: Vindictive, Benefits Sanction Happy, Company Seeks Job Coach in Suffolk.

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Boycott Workfare’s Take on Seetec.

Hat-Tip: JJ Joop.

New Job Opportunity!

Job Coach (Field Based Role)

(Today: CV Library)

£19000 – £22000/annum.

Suffolk.

Seetec.

Due to our ongoing success we are seeking driven and passionate individuals to deliver our CWP front line services, working to help the long term unemployed attain meaningful engagement and Work Placement 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 the skills, confidence and experience to enhance individual’s employment goals and prospects. You will proactively support customers into employment by:- *Carrying out initial assessment on your customer caseload to enable the creation of personal action plans. *Delivering initial engagement meetings *Running Job Search Sessions to support individuals in finding suitable employment. *Carrying out reviews and monitor activity, provide customer support and assistance. *Producing and maintain a customer portfolio *Ensuring systems, procedures and compliance of the programme standards are met. *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: 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.

Background,

“Refuted criticise Seetec on the basis that referrals for potential benefit sanctions are significantly higher under Seetec compared to other welfare-to-work companies participating in the Work Programme.” Wikipedia.

More: Seetec and Ingeus: Most vindictive benefit sanctions happy Workfare and Work Programme providers.

How are they in the position to inflict such misery?

Northern Voices adds this:

Seetec has the contract for delivering Mandatory Work Activity in London and East England and has numerous contracts for the disastrous Work Programme. We’ve already heard they’re not big fans of Boycott Workfare, complaining that placements are more difficult to find as a result of your campaigning!
One in five people sent on Mandatory Work Activity has their benefits stopped. Sanctions can now last for up to three years. These managers ruin people’s lives on an industrial scale.
Seetec ‘values’: workfare, sanctions, making money off the backs of claimants.
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  1. This job, many will go for, staying away from a JC & UC with all it’s affects, ex JC advisers soon to be laid off, who like to sanction, but then this job doesn’t mean it only applies to such people.

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 6:18 am

    • I was advised last week by the assistant work coach that there will be a major reshuffle at my JC over the next couple of weeks. I may be assigned a different work coach. My current work coach is on “sick leave” and may not be coming back. She’s pushing 60. I’m guessing she has decided to jump before she’s pushed. Next stop: Grand-pimp Seetec

      jj joop

      April 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      • Many advisers will be laid off by the end of June, or before that, so your adviser probably is one of those, there isn’t as many advisers in my local JC as there was a while ago.

        enigma

        April 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    • Who will replace these advisers and what will it mean for jobseekers in the long term?

      jj joop

      April 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      • JJ, don’t think they’re going to be directly replaced – that was the plan in the first place.

        Note: The electronic sign on devices is there for one purpose only, to get rid of staff.

        Think its likely they’ll take on people on short term contracts, say if they have a promotion on.

        Its likely that the main plan was to farm the work out to private firms after a “successful” re-election.

        Not too sure how things are going to work out on that front.
        I suspect that everything that costs money is up for cutting of the ConCons don’t get back in.

        Gazza

        April 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      • Soon to go digital, electronic sign on pads, (there is one on every desk, roughly 20, not yet used) there are 11/12 advisers, were 20, more advisers to go, – UC starting in Sept, all those on JSA, all part time workers, self employed and the mentally ill as we have heard, – a lot more people going to the JC, I’m also thinking, the replacing of advisers, maybe Capital?

        enigma

        April 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      • Capita even.

        enigma

        April 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      • enigma,

        thanks for reminding me about Crapita!
        Spot on methinks – what with people getting calls on a Saturday/Sunday from Crapita … Accessing a Gov Run Secure Network [can anybody see the problem from the Get Go here?]
        Lets Play a Game shall we!!!
        Being told to pop in on a particular day only to find it was the day before – Bingo, You’ve Won the Prize of DWP Sanction!
        Welcome to the new improved DWP Sanction Game where the Jokes on you!

        Gazza

        April 29, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      • Gazza:

        I have found, bizarrely, that electronic signing actually takes longer because you have to read through the whole declaration before you sign. So I would have thought that laying people off would be the last thing they’d do. I’d think they’d need more staff, not less.

        jj joop

        April 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  2. Too tight to mention: why the Tories won’t talk about welfare cuts.

    An analysis by the IFS of the Conservatives’ sketchy £12bn welfare cuts plans shows they would take working-age social security spending back to Thatcher-era levels.

    The feasibility of the curiously vague Conservative Party pledge to cut £12bn a year from the working age benefits budget came under further detailed scrutiny this morning from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The message is clear: meeting such a target would require a drastic acceleration of welfare cuts.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2015/apr/28/too-tight-to-mention-why-the-tories-wont-talk-about-welfare-cuts

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

    • I was sent on a course years ago run by seetec, called effective personal marketing, in other words how to sell your self to an employer. I object to this title. We are people, not pieces of meat, and are all unique and priceless in our own way. Of course we should present ourselves in th best possible light to an employer. The course title sums up exactly how they see us

      kat rehman

      April 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

      • They were a lot worse than that when I went there.

        We did a course based on the Pareto principle, “roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”

        Which means, that in work only 20% of the people really matter, or in the population only 20% are worth anything.

        I pointed out that Pareto was an Italian fascist, with ties to Mussolini, and it was pretty clear what he meant by this ‘elite’.

        The tutor was not impressed.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle

        Andrew Coates

        April 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      • Liking your style Mr Coates!! my course was about 5 years ago, when things weren’t as awful as now. The tutor on your course probably didn’t even know where Italy is!!

        kat rehman

        April 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      • I’ve never had the experience being on a course with seetec, my very first and last was YTS. 🙂 that though was actual training, landscape gardening.

        enigma

        April 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    • Life to get even worse than what we know of today.

      Abolishing child benefit and compensating low-income families through universal credit [to] reduce spending by around £5 billion;

      Reducing the child element of universal credit by 30% to reach its 2003–04 level in real terms [to] also cut spending by around £5 billion;

      Taxing DLA, PIP and attendance allowance [to] raise around £1.5 billion;

      Making all housing benefit recipients pay at least 10% of their rent [to] cut spending by around £2.5 billion.

      enigma

      April 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

  3. The norm for IDS.

    Iain Duncan Smith fails to show up for General Election hustings in his own constituency.

    Sister of David Clapson, the diabetic ex-soldier who died after having his benefits cut, was there to protest and said Tory ministers were too scared to defend their record

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smith-fails-show-5599321

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

  4. The care act – Volunteer.

    The Care Act 2014 is the most significant change in social care law for 60 years. It applies to England and replaces a host of out-of-date and often confusing care laws.

    http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2015/apr/28/-care-act-2014-quick-guide

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 9:22 am

  5. Wirral West MP Esther McVey pulls out of live radio interview in Liverpool city centre.

    Employment Minister was due to be broadcast from LBC’s election Battle Bus in Liverpool ONE.

    Ms McVey, the Employment Minister, was due to be interviewed on the show, but ECHO reporter Joe Thomas – who is on board the Battle Bus – tweeted: “Last night’s rumour was correct and Esther McVey has pulled out of today’s live interview in Liverpool city centre.”

    Ms McVey’s reasons for pulling out of the interview are not yet clear.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/wirral-west-mp-esther-mcvey-9132976

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

  6. From Grand-pimp Seetec – Received this letter and forms: Annex 2 – Tax and National Insurance Information for Employees and COD Doc 492.1 Outcome Declaration Form. Plus a an SAE. Bloody cheek. What a bunch of wankers! I’ll be keeping the SAE, naturally.

    Dear joop, jj

    COMPLETE THE ATTACHED FORM AND RECEIVE £50 WORTH OF LOVE TO SHOP VOUCHERS.

    If you have worked 16 hours per week, employed or self-employed between ****** and ****** then you could be entitled to £50 in vouchers.

    Therefore it would be greatly appreciated* if you would complete the attached form and return it to us in the self-addressed envelope provided.

    The form does not need to be signed by your employer, but you must sign it and include full employment details. Only jobs that are 16 hours a week are eligible for the voucher.

    If you are self-employed please sign the form attach evidence of trading that is clearly linked to your business (i.e. trade invoices, pay invoices for supplies, trading bank statements etc).

    As soon as we receive the forms and verified the information provided, we will send you Love to Shop vouchers to the value of £50 by return recorded post.

    Many thanks for your cooperation.

    Yours faithfully

    Work Programme Team Cambridge

    *(I would greatly appreciate it if they would just fuck off)

    jj joop

    April 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    • “COULD be entitled to £50 in vouchers” but they still want the info. – don’t do it !

      enigma

      April 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      • Mate, I wouldn’t give them the time of day. God rot them all!

        jj joop

        April 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      • Couldn’t make it up.

        What the hell can you buy with Love to Shop Vouchers?

        Well I quickly found out: Where to spend Love2shop Vouchers.

        http://www.highstreetvouchers.com/gift-vouchers/redeemers/high-street-gift-voucher-redeemer-list.jsp

        General Merchandise & Department Stores

        Argos
        Boots
        Debenhams
        HMV*
        House of Fraser
        Littlewoods Clearance
        The Original Factory Shop
        TK Maxx
        Toys ‘R’ Us
        TJ Hughes
        WHSmith
        Wilko

        No Liddle, No Aldi, No Iceland, and no corner shop that sells White Ciderand Polish Tyskie beer.

        Nothing of any use at all.

        Andrew Coates

        April 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    • JJ do you still volunteer?

      enigma

      April 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      • Yes, I still volunteer. And will continue to do so.

        jj joop

        April 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    • Make use of their envelope to send them some useful documents, – pizza and election leaflets.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 29, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      • AND THOSE BLOODY FINANCE AND LOAN LEAFLETS TOO

        PHILIP

        April 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • Another Fine Mess:

        Good call, I think I might just do that.

        jj joop

        April 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      • I’ve been recycling junk mail for years!

        Another Fine Mess

        April 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm

  7. On Tuesday May 5th.

    BBC2 at 2:00pm: Daily Politics Election Debates.

    Welfare Debate – includes Iain Duncan Smith, Rachel Reeves and Steve Webb.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tb4pz

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

  8. Manifesto analysis: the parties’ tax and benefit plans. 28 April 2015

    On Tuesday 28 April the IFS published its analysis comparing the tax and benefit plans of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. At the press briefing IFS researchers presented analysis of manifesto commitments. The briefing was streamed live from 10am on Tuesday 28 April and the recording is available below. – video

    http://www.ifs.org.uk/events/1150

    http://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/publications/bns/BN172_executive_summary.pdf

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  9. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    April 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

  10. New scheme – motivation course,

    Find your next job
    with the Vedas Group.

    http://www.vedas.co.uk/

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/conscientious_objection_to_your#incoming-646404

    enigma

    April 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm

  11. OFF TOPIC BUT MUST BE SEEN AND READ:- Please see today’s edition of The i. newspaper regarding the moving of homeless out of London. It is on the Front Page and on Page 8 too.

    B'stards

    April 30, 2015 at 8:07 am

  12. A new study shows the poor are being demonised and welfare support dismantled.

    The authors of Our Lives: Challenging Attitudes to Poverty in 2015 said that the infrastructure of welfare support is under attack. Social security is deemed too costly; the principles of mutual support and solidarity are being replaced by selfish individualism. They call on politicians to be brave and shape policies to create a kinder, more equal society.

    People in poverty are labelled shirkers and feel ashamed to claim the welfare support they need. Negative attitudes are reinforced by sensationalist media and opportunistic politicians, and the nasty and divisive public rhetoric that has emerged demonises those living in poverty in ways that are reminiscent of the early 1940s.

    The authors came together after reading of charity campaigner Bob Holman’s challenge in the Guardian.

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/pcs_comment.cfm/study-shows-cuts-demonise-poor

    enigma

    April 30, 2015 at 8:16 am

  13. Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, has taken the extraordinary step of lifting the lid on Tory plans for an £8bn plan to cut welfare, including slashing child benefits and child tax credits.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/29/danny-alexander-tory-plans-welfare-cuts-child-benefits

    enigma

    April 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

  14. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    April 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

    • THIS COULD ALSO MEAN A SINGLE PERSON IN A FLAT CONSISTING OF A BEDROOM LOUNGE KITCHEN AS SEPARATE ROOMS COULD BE DEEMED THAT THEY ARE OCCUPYING A PROPERTY THAT IS MEANT FOR TWO PEOPLE AND THEN BE FORCED INTO A STUDIO OR BEDSIT / HOUSE SHARE ?.

      PHILIP

      April 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

      • Philip,

        That was the plan from the start – I remember seeing a dispatches program over a year ago about this when the bedroom tax came into full force – the change that took place a couple of years ago – not sure how far along it currently is – is that single persons under the age of [25/30? cannot remember] are not to recoieve housing benifit unless they are living with others in shared accomondation.

        Question then becomes how many shared accomondation places are there? Not many – but still the young will be/have been cut off at the knees.

        Gazza

        April 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

  15. IF PEOPLE ARE FORCED INTO MOVING OUT OF AREA, WILL THE LOCAL AUTHORITY THEY ARE IN PAY ALL REMOVAL AND RESETTLEMENT COSTS AND OR SHARE THESE WITH THE INCOMING LOCAL AUTHORITY ???????

    PHILIP

    April 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    • THIS THEN IS WHY SOME MIDDLE AGED PEOPLE AND THOSE IN THEIR 20’S AND 30’S ARE BEING FORCED TO RETURN TO LIVE WITH THEIR AGED PARENTS. BUT WHAT IF THOSE THAT HAVE RETURNED TO LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS FOR SOME REASON OR OTHER GET A BENEFIT SANCTION. WHAT IF THEIR PARENTS RENT ALBEIT PRIVATELY. SOME LANDLORDS WILL NOT TAKE ANY BENEFITS INCLUDING IN WORK BENEFITS

      PHILIP

      April 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  16. GET TO WORK “THERAPY”

    Here is an excellent letter to The Guardian – signed by no fewer than 442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics – condemning compulsory treatment of benefit recipients:

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/17/austerity-and-a-malign-benefits-regime-are-profoundly-damaging-mental-health

    Tobanem

    April 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    • Meanwhile there are many who agree to this – cash, see above and on Boycott workfare, Mind control.

      enigma

      April 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      • I don’t believe any truly professional therapist would be at ease with conducting compulsory “treatment”, ie, treatment without the consent of the “patient”.

        The great concern is there are likely to be many non-professional tick-box practitioners springing-up all over the place with little or no scruples.

        Tobanem

        April 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      • I know what you mean Tobanem

        enigma

        April 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    • Lets hope that all those 442 put a stop to it all.

      enigma

      April 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

  17. Saturday 28 March 2015.

    Councillors appalled as ‘McVey Murderer’ graffiti is scrawled across town hall.

    POLICE are investigating after graffiti was scrawled across the front of Hoylake Town Hall last night bearing the slogan: “McVey Murderer.”

    With the general election campaign now officially underway, the leader of Wirral Council Conservative group said he was ”shocked and appalled” by the incident and that the “misogynistic bullying” of Esther McVey should be brought to an end.

    The Wirral West MP and employment minister has been the subject of several personal slurs in recent weeks.

    http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/11886845.UPDATED__Councillors_appalled_as__McVey_Murderer__graffiti_is_scrawled_across_town_hall/?ref=ar

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    • Appalled Councillors

      I wonder if these same Councillors would be appalled by the shocking photograph posted on here yesterday depicting the young man who had to have his toes amputated after suffering frostbite when spending the winter living in a tent because he got into bother with the bedroom tax?

      Tobanem

      April 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  18. Who wants to be an MP? I do, here’s my CV…

    PROSPECTIVE MPs, vying to enter parliament can now post their CVs online so that voters can decide who is hired, and who is fired in a revolutionary new style of open politics.

    Over 500 CVs are available so far, including the likes of Iain Duncan Smith, former Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, all available for voters to feast their eyes over.

    https://www.the-newshub.com/uk-politics/who-wants-to-be-an-mp-i-do-heres-my-cv

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  19. Hi.I’m going to be soon issuing Legal Action against SEETEC after the Sanctioned me last year, for refusing to go on the MWA. The wanted me to go and work in a Park at Romford, Essex. Even though I told them, I suffer from Hay Fever and Bronchitis.They had an option of putting I to work in a Hospice, but instead choose to put me in the Park, cutting grass, trees and using machinery.That breaches ECHR 1998 Law, regarding ones Health and Life.You are reminded that any Trainee Provider, working on behalf of the DWP is classed as a Body under Section 6, of ECHR 1998, and therefore, is bound-as the DWP is-by Human Rights Law.

    mike azur

    April 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm


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