Our son who has special needs left college this summer and instead of enrolling him on another course we/he decided it was time he went out into the real world and sought a job!
As a family we have never claimed the dole, or sought any additional benefits, but as he now no longer qualifies for child benefit, and looking for work will be a struggle I decided job seekers allowance would put him in the system. Best thing ever! They rang, he went for his interview, and they have arranged for 2 weeks retail experience starting next week.
A positive experience so far, and he said the staff were very supportive and helpful.
Hopefully this will give him a boost to his confidence,a lift to his CV, and a proper job will turn up!
For all those other parents out there with kids who need a little extra help, this so far is working well. Fingers crossed.