My friend was part way through an employability course like this when she was offered a job interview. Her course was going to take place from 12.30-4pm and her interview was at 2pm, about an hour’s bus ride away. When she explained to the job centre that, for this reason, it would be difficult for her to make the course at 12.30, they said, “Well then come to the course at 1pm.” After patiently explaining to them that 1pm is in fact still before 2pm and that she therefore still couldn’t make the course, they concluded that the best thing for her to do was to miss the job interview. And of course, if you refuse to do what they say you will lose at least one week’s worth of money and have no means of buying food for the next week. And even if this wasn’t the case, is this the best advice they can give? Really? Miss your job interview to go to an employ-ability course? And they think we’re stupid!