Online Protest Against Workfare have posted the experiences of one job hunter who has experienced A4e on 3 occasions. It includes descriptions of bullying, more than one work experience that happened to be with the company itself.
The post is littered with specific details, but key ones included being
“expected to do job searches with 60 or more people fighting to access a handful of old computers too slow to be of any real use; out of date newspapers to search for jobs and one telephone to call for application forms.
“[…] Newspapers frequently arrived late; C.V’s couldn’t be stored on computers (so called security and data protection issues). There was never any stationery (I eventually took my own supply of envelopes).”
It also talks about a climate where someone who raised questions with their supervisor was “‘ripped’ into […] in front of everyone for having spoken about their concerns with Job Centre Plus.”
Sadly the lack of specifics makes it difficult to follow up with particular JobCentres, etc. which is why anonymity is always problematic. Sometimes it’s better not to publish at all – at least initially – but to use the details about places, people and incidents to get a second source and confirmation.