For many unemployed people, there is a world of difference between an obligation to train and an obligation to work. Society can not make anyone become a motivated trainee. Admittedly, people sometimes need to be persuaded to pursue their own self-development, but the worst possible way of achieving this is to tell them that whether or not they want training, they have got to endure it anyway.
Work is different. The overwhelming majority of unemployed people want work, and believe that people should work. They are generally relaxed about the idea of the long-term unemployed having a new obligation to work, so long as they have some real choice over the type of work that they do.
Either there should be an obligation for the long-term unemployed to work, in return for society having a new obligation to deliver that work, or there should not. To mix this up with an obligation to train, and limit this according to age, would be fundamentally mistaken.
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