@Daily_Express @Daily_politics. Pay graduates dole+, whilst doing self-elected, unpaid internships

I initially began writing this letter to the Daily Express because of the disproportionate and biased attack on a pleb, who had satisfied a judge that the Gov’t work placement scheme was unfair.

She (Cait Reilly) had used Human Rights legislation, on the basis of the scheme involving “forced labour” or “slavery”.

I doubt that she thought the scheme to be slavery but, when you live in a Society, where life is made very difficult for those relying on benefits but not at the bottom of the social ladder, it’s certainly¬† coerced labour.

I ended up with an idea, which, to me, offers hope for graduate’s and an incentive for Gov’t. The only misgiving I have is that this Gov’t and privateer’s would see it as a means of getting rid of experienced older staff and replacing them with “free” white collar labour.

I console myself with the thought that this process is already, inexorably, underway but in a more brutish fashion.

I also live in the hope that even the privateer’s greed won’t override the common sense approach of keeping a pool of experienced and wiser older staff; managing, by motivating such people with honey, not vinegar

I agree with Ann Widdecombe in regards to her belief in the value of working at  what she calls menial work, having worked at part-time jobs, throughout my school career for my pocket money.
Apart from my degree course, which itself included three lots of six month periods of work placement, I have only totalled about 18 months of relying on the Dole.
I understand the value of the work ethic, which is why I have some sympathy with Cait Reilly.
Her story, as I recall, was that she was trying to gain work experience at her local Museum, in support of finding employment utilising the Geology degree that she worked for and achieved.
The Government has actively encouraged people to stay in Education to make them more employable, whilst incurring a large debt and keeping unemployment figures down.
The case for Cait seems to have been that Government now wished to use her to appear to be helping people into employment for two weeks.
Her CV would have been enhanced by a marginal extent. It’s certain that Poundland wouldn’t be employing her permanently, whilst they had a continuous feed of labour to stack their shelves.
Certainly people of Ann’s background would see dole as pocket money and would be able, through contacts, possibly, secure unpaid internships to gain valuable experience related to their chosen career’s.
Instead of defending the Gov’t’s scheme, through vilifying the likes of Cait, perhaps Gov’t could arrange benefit supported internship’s for those with graduate qualifications.
The present scheme leaves a slight smell, with suspicions that there might be a bit more to the selection of participating organisations.
A scheme for graduate internships, in related employment, would achieve Gov’t’s avowed aims, whilst improving profitability of professional organisations, including those run by the State itself.
Such a scheme would effectively make these people State employee’s but on slightly better than benefit pay (to cover expenses and and act as a small incentive).
Such extra assistance could help spare Council’s from unwanted cuts in services, supplementing present staff, and at a minimal cost.
These organisation’s would further benefit by reducing the cost of advertising, interviewing and appointing unsuitable new recruits based on a CV containing a college recommendation and a few weeks worth of work experience at Poundland.
Government would benefit by making useable degree courses more attractive and producing a generation of potentially higher rate taxpayer’s

PUBLISHED VERSION

Ann’s right to point out the value of ‘menial’ work

I AGREE with Ann Widdecombe (February 20) about the value of doing what she calls menial work, having worked at part-time jobs throughout my school years.

I understand the value of the work ethic, which is why I have some sympathy with Cait Reilly, who went to court to challenge the Government’s workfare schemes.

The Government has actively encouraged people to stay on in education, while incurring debt and keeping unemployment down.

Instead of defending the Government’s scheme, through vilifying the likes of Reilly, perhaps the Government could arrange benefit-supported internships for those with graduate qualifications.

Such extra assistance could help spare councils from unwanted cuts in services, supplementing present staff at minimal cost.

Government would benefit by making degree courses more attractive and producing more potential higher-rate taxpayers.

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One Response to “@Daily_Express @Daily_politics. Pay graduates dole+, whilst doing self-elected, unpaid internships”

  1. The Politicoid Says:

    Recently had a comment piece published on this in The Glasgow Journal – you can see the version on politicoid here or the actual article here if you want a read

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