Name and Shame Report

Poundland, Oct 2014

My friend has just been 'put' on your work experience scheme in Rugby but I am a little bit baffled by it. You state on your website that your "work experience programme is completely voluntary" but from what my friend said he wasn't given too much choice about it from the Rugby Jobcentre.They never told him it was voluntary or that he didn't have to do it. From what he has said they asked him if he had done the mandatory work scheme and when he said yes, they stated Poundland are taking on people of a four week scheme and just asked "is that ok?". My friend won't say no because of fear of losing benefits but he is really not interesting in working for Poundland for nothing and would rather not do it.He already has eight years retail experience some as a supervisor/ acting manager and doesn't see what he would gain from stacking shelves or dealing with stock? He has already done similar on his MWA and said that only gave him a negative view of work. In doing mundane jobs for 20 weeks with no pay, I agree.My friend isn't against work experience but is looking for administrative/ office work and admin work experience would better suit. This placement is mandatory work experience by the back door. Shame on Poundland. He also stated that this Poundland store in Rugby appears to have about four or five people on this scheme. That is appalling that Poundland takes on this amount of ‘free labour’ especially if those people were given little choice.From what my friend said the Jobcentre seems to get people of these schemes using leading questions rather than being up front at stating this is voluntary. I would really have thought that the shop staff would have made sure/ asked these people whether or not they want to ‘volunteer’.I have no problem with you having work experience and feel more companies should do similar. But it should be through Poundland and not the jobcentre. People should have to volunteer though you not feel pressured into it by the Jobcentre. That is not really voluntary