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re-training for over 60's?

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hazel Report 27 Apr 2013 17:16

my dear friend ,who is 62, has worked all her life, but becoming older and more fragile, found working more difficult day by day. she has osteoporosis, and basically is just worn out.
she has been advised that she must begin re training next month, over a two year period!
unless she attends, she will receive the grand amount of £4.10 weekly to live on.
i just find it hard to imagine that "re-training " her at this age, and in her fragile health is simply a total waste of public money.
wouldn't it be to the country's advantage, long term, to use these funds on youngsters, who with any luck would have decades of working life in front of them.?
i'd appreciate any feedback. thank you.

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 27 Apr 2013 17:31

That is what I thought at the same age when told I needed to do more training, to remain in my position, luckily I was eligible for my pension, so retired.

You do not say what kind of work she does at present or what her hourly rate/salary is. Your friend should get advice, as this seems rather strange.

Is she on benefits & they are threatening to cut them if she does not re-train?


AnninGlos Report 27 Apr 2013 17:36

It doesn't make sense does it? Why is it some people get away with milking the system while others get pushed from pillar to post. Has she appealed over the decision. I am interested how they get to the sum of £4.10 a week. there is something wrong with the system that needs fixing, although I suppose if they kill off all those who are really not fit to work by telling them they must they will have achieved fewer unemplyed because they will no longer be alive.

Incidentally what is your friend supposed to re-train as? And where is the work that she will eventually do?


BarneyKent Report 27 Apr 2013 17:39

Even if she does complete the training, can anyone convince me that she will be guaranteed a job ????

Pigs might fly !!!!


Porkie_Pie Report 27 Apr 2013 17:55

A couple of things to consider, People with Osteoporosis do work although I think Manuel work is out of the question with the condition,

Having to re-train at 62 is not out of the question but why would it take 2 years?

If having re-trained your friend gets a job she may really enjoy it and then want to carry on working for many years to come,

The fact she is not working due to her osteoporosis may actualy be contributing to the way she feels at the moment and work may help her to improve her life to a point that she could benefit physically mentally and financially



hazel Report 27 Apr 2013 18:01

thank you for your replies so quickly! she has worked for many years in school kitchens, and now finds it backbreaking, which eventually left her feeling very depressed.
i agree that she may eventually find some sort of work, after retraining, but younger unemployed need the training , and eventually employment more than my friend does. not saying that she doesn't want to work, but she is quite fragile physically and mentally now. feel very sad for her.


jax Report 27 Apr 2013 18:05

Is this the "work related group" on ESA (Employment and support allowance)?

Where you have to attend so many sessions at the job centre to be able to continue recieving the benefit


JackBunion Report 27 Apr 2013 18:15

Isn't it now against the law to discriminate on grounds of age? So a 62 year old has to be treated same as a 17 year old. Otherwise the Job Centre could be prosecuted.

Not convinced that the work ethic of my generation has quite passed down to the teenagers today. They seem to want a lot of money when they can't do all that much. I know that is a generalisation, but people today are quite able to work into 90's and beyond. Many do in voluntary work, but they are just as entitled to a fair wage as a 17 year old imo.