As my friend said about middle class jobs: ‘the top is full, they don’t need you anymore; this is why they introduced high university tuition fees and scrapped many adult learning classes. They can’t have you in competition with their own offspring for the decreasing middle income jobs’.
Yet why then are business bosses saying that they can’t find enough skilled workers? Instead of giving millions to fake job coaching companies, why doesn’t the government use that money to train and educate unemployed people? It doesn’t make sense, other than there would be no money in that for their mates of course.
A delegate at a recent skills conference promotes the use of unpaid work schemes. h/t @screenedout
Anyone who thinks you need to carry out an unpaid work experience placement to be qualified to work in Poundland has never shopped in fucking Poundland. This is not being a job snob as former Employment Minister Chris Grayling claimed when people objected to Tesco using unpaid staff. It is simply recognising that an employee in a shop adds value to that business from day one – and so they should be paid from day one.
The growth of unpaid work in the UK has been justified with familiar claims that the young are lazy, or need to be taught how to get out of bed in the morning. There is nothing new about this. The generation that came of age in the late 80s and early 90s were ‘slackers’ and all the same…
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