T’S easy to start believing it.
It’s easy to start believing it even when it’s George Osborne saying it.
Easy to start believing that everyone on benefits is a workshy scrounger when the rest of us are skint and wondering how our wages will stretch to payday never mind Christmas.
It’s easy to start believing that they should be encouraged to take any job or risk being stripped of their benefits.
Even when it’s not a real job. Even when it’s something called work experience for firms who, some suggest, are encouraged to fill positions with unpaid claimants instead of creating real jobs with real pay.
This work experience scheme was meant to be for the long-term unemployed, those who have spent years without a job. It was meant to get them back in the way of it. Getting up and out in the morning, doing a shift, going home.
If they did well, they were told, these unpaid positions could easily turn into a permanent position.
That’s the theory. The reality, as our investigation today reveals, is a target-hitting, box-ticking excercise for our civil servants. Many of the placements are literally worthless to those young people encouraged to go into them. In six weeks, they earn nothing, learn nothing and achieve nothing.
Choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor from
Private companies running a flagship government employment scheme have put only 3.5 percent of clients into sustainable jobs, statistics published on Tuesday showed. The British coalition government’s Work Programme, launched in June 2011 to help the long-term unemployed find work, divides the country into regions, with each comprising a range of private, public and voluntary … Continue reading »
More than a year after the introduction of the government’s ambitious Work Programme, the CIPD warns today that it needs to build on the scheme’s early progress by increasing awareness and understanding of the scheme amongst employers. In a survey of more than 1,000 employers, drawn from all three main sectors of the economy, the … Continue reading »
Buckingham Palace was approached by ministers keen for Royal estates to hire young people on a Government-backed programme. But the Queen will instead keep her own apprenticeships for chefs, footmen and housemaids, according to The Times. The response was revealed in a Freedom of Information request about the Apprenticeships Bill, which was in its early … Continue reading »