Job centre new deal course question uk?

Hi all, If there is anyone that can give advise from experience i would be grateful. I am on new deal and have to start one of those new deal courses. I have done this cours before and learnt nothing, was treated like shit and did nothing all day everyday except doing dumb things like jenga.

Does anyone know if it is a viable option to skip the course and do voluntery work instead maybe in a charity shop or something. The course is like 30 hour a week. I would hapily do 40 hours work placement/voluntery just to be doing something constuctive.

Sorry its a long question but if anyone has any info, it would be helpful. thanks

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  1. Jane says:

    My understanding of New Deal is that a work placement is one of the options, and that working in a charity shop is very common as one of the things you can do. It may be that you will have to take part in a period of ‘job-search’ and courses intended to get you into work, but placements are usually the next step.

    I would say that you need to think through for yourself what you actually want to do for your career.It’s true that when you’re ‘long term unemployed’ you are required to do certain things as a condition of claiming benefits, in the hope that these will help you get work. On the other hand, if you haven’t got any goals of your own, you can end up feeling like you have limited choices.

    Think about why you want to work in a charity shop- is it because you want to develop customer service, payment processing and team working skills that you can take forward into a particular job you want in the future? There are many,many different jobs you can do in charity and voluntary sectors- have you looked around to see what is available in your area? In the end, unpaid work experience needs to be carefully chosen, so that it does actually develop skills and experience, references and maybe even qualifications that will serve you well, when you go for a paid job that you want in the future.

    It’s difficult to know what to choose, unless you have some idea of where you see yourself going. If you have done New Deal before, then you must have quite a big gap in your CV, that makes it hard for you to show an employer what you could do for them in return for the wages.

    I’m glad you’re keen to do something constructive, this shows how keen you are to move forward. But it’s time now to take more charge of where you want to be in the future, start to be more thoughtful about this, and put into place the plans that will get your there. New deal involves certain mandatory things, as you know, but you also know that only you can understand and get motivated to do what you want to do- no-one else can do it for you.

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