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 .