Being Registered Disabled with a chronic back problem & thereby unemployed for several years; the Jobcentre insisted that I should retrain.I went on a kitchen fitting course years ago through a work scene didn’t learn much if anything and have looked at courses but it’s all stuff I know I just thought I could learn more but probably need some old bench joiner to shadow to get some new tips and tricks or just keep progressing at the rate I’m on for now
I expressed an interest in Furniture & Cabinet Making.
They sent me to a college which specialised in retraining folk who are registered disabled. - I was put on a course to learn
"Carpentry & Joinery City & Guilds Level 2" - I was taught how (in theory) I could construct all of thhe 1st & 2nd fixings in the Building Trade.
I found all of the building regulations and construction methods quite fascinating - but entirely useless to me in the job market; because it was all much too heavy for my back problem...I wasted a 6 months residential course (costing the government around £7000+ benefits ) on being retrained for a job which I couldn't physically cope with ! When I entered the jobcentre they sent me to interview for several jobs making staircases, doors & windows...The employers were unimpressed by my C&G 2; - but gave me trial periods & lousy pay-rates.
I found the work boring & too heavy for my back. The employers were, for the most part, much more interested in profitability than health & safety. - I struggled with the work for a couple of years and eventually, after a lot of pain & frustration, I became a "White-Van-Courier" !