How many more training courses do I have to do to get a job or to qualify for Job Seeker's allowance?

I am 57, due to retire at 60, have been a fully qualified dental nurse (had to give up due to health problems), re-trained as a secretary and earned my living for over 23 years doing that, drifted into elecronics and spent several years doing that before studying and working in employment law. I also worked in trading standards before being made redundant. At various times I've worked in an estate agency, local government, property management, and even stacked shelves in a supermarket, all temporary assignments. On 'signing on' for work (Job Seeker Allowance) I've been asked if I would be willing to re-train, and if not, why not. As what? plumber, brickie, IT, what for heaven's sake?

Asked By: Kitty Katty - 10/6/2007
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I'm on JSA, and they have never asked me if I'd like to re-train. But they are always changing the rules. Just say "yes", you would be willing to re-train - but don't say any more than that... More
Answered By: R E - 10/6/2007
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Its mad is'nt it Are you still in ill health? If so tell DWP you want to sign on for Incapicity Benefit instead of JSA. Then they will get off your case
Answered By: stormydays - 10/6/2007
I know that you are getting the rough end of the stick with all your experience and employment history... More
Answered By: james - 10/7/2007
you dont have to do any retraining hun just go and sign and tell them you are activly seeking employment in the area you choose, dont let them try and push you into anything you dont want to do, my lot want me to do labouring job, but im a fully trained engineer and thats what im looking for
Answered By: chopper - 10/8/2007
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