Saturday, November 01, 2008

Unemployed? Government approved training provider demand to know about your sex life

Jason Lightwood, 38, was enrolled on a DWP approved group training session for persons who are unemployed.

As part of the session, jobseekers were given a questionnaire, set by Juniper Training in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Juniper Training are authorised and approved by the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out job training schemes.

However, Mr Lightwood was left astounded after one of the questions asked if he ever "found it difficult to perform adequately or without embarrassment when involved in sex".

The organisers defended the question, arguing that an applicant's skills in the bedroom were linked to their abilities in the workplace.

The father-of-two said: " It was a complete shock when I saw the question. I thought it was outrageous and totally irrelevant to helping me get back into work, which is what they are supposed to do.

"I asked the woman who was running the session why on earth she needed to know about my sex life. She told me that if you're not performing well in bed it can affect how you do at work.

As well as being probed about his prowess in the bedroom Jason was asked to colour in pictures of elephants at Juniper's HQ in Tamworth, Staffs.

"I'm supposed to be here for job training and to look for work.

"Instead I'm getting questions about how I perform with my wife and being asked to colour in pretty pictures."

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: "We apologise for any concern this may have caused."

Juniper Training were unavailable for comment.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boo hoo, Mr Lightwood is a convicted wife beater not a poor old father of two. This man is not a victim and deserves no pity for just being asked an inappropriate question. There are 2 sides to any story, my guess is there's more to this than meets the eye.

Sat Nov 01, 05:17:00 pm GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with shaun, i have had experiences with juniper and they treated me like s**t, it was unberible. the staff are such misery guts.
dave gregson, tamworth
commented on 11-Nov-2008 13:24

i have been to juniper training before, and the attitude i get from the staff there is horrible. they treat you like a two year old.on that issue, i can understand what that jason is saying, there are suppose to be there to assist you looking for work, not to give you colouring in to do. i can not see juniper training lasting long, they are going to go bust, and being
honest that will make me so happy.
shaun chambers, tamworth
commented on 11-Nov-2008 13:21

How Pathetic and demoralising, and who's paying for this, us the tax payer no doubt?!
Chris, Tamworth
commented on 06-Nov-2008 14:52

Wed Nov 19, 06:33:00 pm GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juniper is a way for companies to get unwaged workers, the staff get bonuses for every 'slave' they send to unscrupulous businesses.
If this kind of thing was happening in Africa the UN would condemn it!

Wed Nov 19, 09:40:00 pm GMT  

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