Just wanted to write something that has been bothering me for a while.
It's about job network providers. They're the people you are hooked up with through Centrelink when you are looking for work. From what I understand, they are supposed to assist you with finding work and this can happen in many ways.
While I am not presently in a jobseeking position, I know people who are. People who are conscientious, skilled and unskilled men and women who want to work and are being given the runaround by people who appear to me to be unqualified to provide anything other than a cup of tea.
Three men I know in their early forties who, through no fault of their own, find themselves unemployed. Of the two women in a similar position, one is 25, the other is 32. They go in every fortnight as is required and time and time again they sit through mindless seminars, are knocked back for training and are given ridiculous excuses such as: "there's no work in security...and the licence costs $1,000...we can't do that"...or "no, you can't do that as it's too much for your back..." They're not doctors, btw. They just assume that they can't do and won't put them forward.
The women tell me they are shunted into going for admin positions despite the fact that one of them can't type or spell to save herself. She'd rather be doing manual work. But this, she is told, is for men. From the feedback I have been given, the men are written off. Too old. No training subsidies available. Just sit over there in the corner and rot. It's just appalling!
I had one man in tears this morning to my DH on the phone. He's just reaching the end of his tether with the constant disappointment. Before I patched it up, this man has submitted his CV for 45 positions and not one word. His CV, which was done by the JNP, was absolutely atrocious. He attended interview only to find that the JNP had contacted the prospective employer to give this guy's history and to suggest that he be taken on a temporary basis so there was no longer full time work on the table as he'd been led to believe but a short term contract. Why? So that the JNP doesn't lose their funding cut for this guy. Another guy we know says he's just humoured when he goes in. He does the job club where he sits around with other blokes in his position who stay the obligatory hour before heading off home. I asked why they would do this, why they couldn't look through the job section while they were there or something but they need training. They can't afford to pay for TAFE (in SA it is very expensive and you have to apply through the same portal and go through the same process that uni students apply through - it's ridiculous really) and the JNP is supposed to vet them for appropriate training but they are simply led by the nose and told one story after another.
I stress that I am not a jobseeker at present and have never been with a JNP so I'm getting this information secondhand albeit from people I know and consider to be truthful. But for those in here who have, has this happened to you? I just can't believe people are being treated in this way and that these organisations - some of whom have literally raised themselves overnight in order to get a bite of the government's outsourcing cherry - are just using them for money.