Wednesday, July 24, 2024

MP probes of work experience for jobless

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask: “What recent assessment he has made of the benefits for jobseekers of undertaking work experience.

Iain Duncan Smith (Secretary of State, Work and Pensions; Chingford and Woodford Green, Conservative)

“Early analysis shows that approximately half of participants are off benefit within 21 weeks of starting a work experience placement.

“I am delighted that, despite a campaign run by anarchists and members of the Labour party, just like hon. Gentlemen on the Benches opposite me, to try to blight the chances of these young people, employers continue to come forward to join this excellent scheme.

“Young people have overwhelmingly shown that they want this valuable experience by continuing to volunteer to do their part.”


  1. Work experience schemes are all well and good if they then have jobs to go to after they finish, this is a bit like the ill fated YTS scheme where the youth unemployed were given the tea making duties for low wages and then turfed out once their term had expired.

    We need real jobs for people not part time schemes to fiddle the unemployment figures.

  2. One of the benefits of the scheme is that it is the experience of going to work. Unfortunately, many families do not now have anyone who has to get up at a set time, dress appropriately and make sure they get somewhere on time, consistently, rain or shine, be polite to people and conscientiously put in a significant number of hours work. It also gives them the experience of interacting with a range of people who they may not have come into contact with at home or at school.
    It’s a first step to learning about the working week, and I think further increasing expansion/support of apprenticeships would be a good next step.

  3. Reem took the words right out of my mouth.
    Any experience is better than no experience but Lambo is right about fiddling the employment figures.

  4. Jackie Doyle-Price should be congratulated for giving work to those who have never held down a job in their life.

  5. I do wonder Ed ,
    Is the above mentioned person the same one that writes her press realises for
    Her ????
    Not very good,not very good at all, & she certainly likes to rise to the floor.
    You never no her office may just give a job to those who have to participate in this farce they call work experiance. Me I think ill call it cooking the books, at the expense of our young people.


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