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I wonder if anyone can offer advice here. Due to being made redundant a few months back and unable to secure any other work I had to sign on at the jobcentre. Now I have been placed on the Flexible New Deal programme. The advisor has told me that I have a further 6 months to find work before they will have no option but to refer me to a provider (e.g. A4E type organisation). Once with the provider I would have to attend their centre on a full time daily basis for up to a year. Unless I find work or sign off before the course ends. Apparently this Flexible New Deal programme is now compulsory when someone has made a continuous claim for 12 months.

 

Has anyone heard of this happening or was the advisor having me on? To be forced to attend a programme for that long is ludicrous. thanks

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It is partly true, in that you will be placed on Flexible New deal after 12 months, and that it can last for up to a year. What's not true is that you would be required to attend the centre on a daily basis full time for the whole of that year.

 

You will attend the provider at agreed times and will be placed on a work placement at some point.

 

Flexible New Deal : Directgov - Employment


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It is partly true, in that you will be placed on Flexible New deal after 12 months, and that it can last for up to a year. What's not true is that you would be required to attend the centre on a daily basis full time for the whole of that year.

 

You will attend the provider at agreed times and will be placed on a work placement at some point.

 

Flexible New Deal : Directgov - Employment

 

 

Thank you very much for the response Erika.

 

If FND turns out to be mostly a work experience placement where you are not required to sit in a room all day reading newspapers, that might not be so bad. Although i think making the programme last for 12 months is just a way for employers to take advantage of cheap labour from the jobcentre.

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