Yesterday this tweet caused quite a stir:
Friend took a photo of this at Rochdale Jobcentre Plus pic.twitter.com/32XERLis2F
— Andy Lockhart (@andymlockhart) October 29, 2013
Here's the image in question:
Lockhart later tweeted a correction - the poster is actually in the Employment Suite (a sort of mirror to the Jobcentre Plus, run for employers looking for employees), located in Manchester’s London Scottish House, not in the Rochdale Jobcentre Plus - but, in his own words, “well my Twitter account seems to have exploded - I assume this is out of control now”. And how:
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) October 29, 2013
— Dr Andrew Kelly (@AndrewKelly1962) October 29, 2013
— jacqueline (@jacqc1) October 29, 2013
Try before you hire. TRY BEFORE YOU HIRE. how about "interview properly and commit to training"?? Ffs.
— Laura Tosney (@lauratosney) October 29, 2013
"Try before you hire". Like people are auld shoes ye try on... or an auld motor... dear god, JCP are utterly revolting
— Rattlecans (@rattlecans) October 29, 2013
However, a DWP spokesperson confirmed that various "try before you hire" schemes have been in place since 1989 under the Work Trials programme umbrella. Direct from the DWP site:
A Work Trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job. Once agreed with Jobcentre Plus, you can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and lasting at least 13 weeks.
Work Trials are used by roughly two or three thousand people a month, and have been for "years", the DWP spokesperson told us, and over the last few years has largely been superceded by the very work programmes that the government lost its case on appeal today at the Supreme Court.