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derick h.

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My little girl chose her Christmas present from this website. A hollister hoodie. It says it cost £42.50. When i actually ordered it they magically added £9 on. A few days later i got an email saying that it was out of stock. They did not offer me a refund but invited me to choose something else of equal value and a free Tee shirt.
Why did the website let me buy and item that was out of stock?
Don't they have a stock control system?


This company has just been featured on BBC radio 4. They say they offer well paid work but charge £250 for your initial processing. No mention of anyone actually getting any work.


These UK based scamming b4stards invite you for an interview to be trained as a driving instructor then ask you for £4,000! They even have bank loan applications sorted.


These nutters just want £50 for some phoney balloney training and a bit more for a uniform, but they haven't got any customers. Therefore no work


thetrainline.com have repeatedly advertised ( on jobserve.co.uk) the same or very similar roles for more than a year to my knowledge. I have never had any feedback from my application and cannot understand how this position has not been filled in the current economic environment. I reported them to the ASA as it is illegal to advertise jobs that don't exist.


Standguide's website says:
Operating throughout Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, Standguide focus on the recruitment and training needs of employers in addition to supporting unemployed adults into work through a variety of bespoke courses and training. Our mission is "to help ensure individuals and organisations reach their potential through providing an efficient, effective, quality-driven service to all our customers"

Sounds nice doesn't it? What lovely people!

Unfortunately none of this is true. After 18 months unemployment an individual put on "new deal". For the next three months they get signed on by the same person each week and a more in depth look at their employment search is made. Fair enough so far. When the three months are up they are signed off unemployment, reducing the figures for the government, and sent to standguide.

Standguide get paid when they place a candidate at an employer. The employer gets the individual for free. The employee gets jobseekers allowance plus fifteen pounds a week allowance and, may be, some travel expenses depending on circumstances. Definitely not national minimum wage.

The placements are meant to at least have the possibility of leading to a permanent job with the employer. Unfortunately most of the employers are charities with no paid work available. Standguide's Chester branch predominantly place people at: Ellesmere port boat museum, local charity shops and Neston community centre.

If a candidate is placed with a genuine employer they are often not kept on when the three months is up. The employer just asks for a new person for free. Well they would wouldn't they?

If that's not bad enough, some candidates have suffered intimidation at their placement. With other employees blaming them for staff redundancies.

As for the "bespoke courses and training" is concerned. The more IT literate people help the others and that's it!

When the unemployed person has finished new deal they go back to jobseekers as if they were newly unemployed.

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