Right, just printed this off in the scummiest internet cafe in the whole entire world. Going to drop it off at the Job Centre now. Wish me luck!
hope you find the following relevant. It is my account of why I think I
am not suitable for the Launchpad course and following work experience.
Please bear in mind I have only been ‘officially’ seeking work for the last six months.
the last 7 years I have done various placements and personal projects
to improve my chances of finding work, including applying for an MA (for
which my funding unfortunately fell through), writing and having a book
published and volunteering in a primary school for six months.
my daughter started school full-time I approached the Arts and
Literature Collective ‘Mercy’ with a view to interning for them. They
took me on and during my time with them I managed a team of interns, put
on a successful exhibition in Liverpool, did research and promotion and
helped to publish a book of art and poetry. I would like to pursue this
kind of work and now have excellent references and an up to date CV to
however, I have been training as a Horticultural Assistant. I undertook
an evening course ‘Introduction to Gardening’ in 2011 which I paid for
myself. I also did the first part of a Permaculture course which is a
2012 I did a City and Guilds Level 1: Certificate in Gardening which I
successfully completed. I went on to find and take part in a ‘Striding
Out’ course on how to start your own business with a view to perhaps
starting my own gardening business while also continuing with my
creative work. I have included a copy of the certificate I gained.
June this year I enrolled onto the City and Guilds Level 2: Certificate
in Gardening which I was due to start in September. I was also
volunteering at the nursery where I did my course. It was around this
time that I was told I would have to take part in the Launchpad course. I
was told by my job advisor that I would not be able to do the second
part of my gardening course as Launchpad is mandatory. This would also
mean giving up my volunteering.
have since spoken to my advisor and her manager about the course being
mandatory and they have confirmed that this is the case.
I did not start the City and Guilds Level 2. Not to be deterred I asked
at the plant nursery if I could do a work placement there, which they
agreed to, but was told by my advisor that I do not have a choice where I
do my 4 weeks work experience. This doesn’t make sense to me as I do
not want to work in retail.
went along to the first day of the Launchpad course and explained my
situation- that I felt I was already making credible steps towards
employment. Even A4E said they didn’t think I was suitable for the
course. I was told they had a different programme that would be more
suitable for me which I agreed to take part in for 6 hours a week as I
think it would be beneficial for me.
Launchpad’s ‘Module objective’ is the following-
progressively develop ability and confidence in managing personal
circumstances, overcoming barriers and developing skills, such that
participants are better equipped to make realistic decisions about
returning to the labour market’.
really feel that I have been making realistic decisions. I believe that
to do a course on how to motivate myself when I am already
enthusiastically trying to do what I want to do does not make sense. I
am currently looking for somewhere to start my City and Guilds Level 2
like to make it clear that since being on JSA I have been actively
seeking work and have applied for many jobs- obviously I am prepared to
work part-time while I continue training. One position I applied for
recently had received over 200 applications. However, this will not stop
me from getting a job as I am positive and resourceful.
of the last paid work positions I did was as an HR assistant, screening
CVs and application forms. I know how to write a convincing
application. I feel within the next two months I will have a job. But I
cannot do this if I am working in Poundland or similar getting
experience in a field I have no interest in and that will ultimately
only look incongruous on my CV.
a single mum who wants to balance working towards the good of society
and the people around me with bringing up a healthy and happy daughter. I
believe I can do both and the best way to go about that is to pursue a
meaningful career in subjects that I am becoming proficient in.
hope you can take the above into consideration. I am not, perhaps the
typical benefits claimant (if such a thing exists), and being
pigeonholed is extremely frustrating. Being treated as if I am trying to
get out of working even while producing evidence to the contrary has
really affected my morale. I feel I have done nothing but try to help
myself yet I now face losing my benefits which seems somewhat upside
down. I have included some references.
Thanks for your time