Definitely not so bad…

I went to sign on today. And my personal adviser told me about a 13 week New Deal course called – wait for it – New Deal for Graduates (although he called it New Deal for Professional and Management).  Yes, that’s right, a New Deal programme aimed, not at the masses, but at the unemployed white collar workers. That puts an arrow through my criticism of Job Centre Plus’ blanket application of the rules.  I hope that it lives up to my expectations but, having been the two week Gateway course, that should not be too difficult. Still, I have been much more willing to sign up for this course, because I can see that it will be more useful.

According to information provided by my personal adviser, New Deal for Graduates is a “work experience scheme to help graduates identify an appropriate career, and give them relevant work experience”. It promises flexibility with regard to industries (including rescuing baboons in Africa and space exploration)  but does specify specialisms in IT programming, IT networking, TV and Media, Graphic Design, Music, Web Design, Accountancy, Public Sector and Charities. Apparently Ofsted gave the programme a grade 2 in August 2007 and it has success rate of 60-80%.

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2 Responses to “Definitely not so bad…”

  1. lowsaltfoods Says:

    I am aware that it could be a complete con as well but I am an a optimistic realist. And it doesn’t change any of the other issues about New Deal that have been uncovered.

  2. Ipswich Unemployed Action Says:

    Grade 2 is “good”. Good luck with it 🙂 Don’t be disappointed though if it don’t offer them areas. I have never heard of that scheme before probably VSO under disguise.

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