Criminals Get Involved in Workfare.
In yesterday’s Observer.
Criminal past and rich tastes of boss at centre of jubilee security row.
Molly Prince hit the spotlight last week over her company’s treatment of unpaid stewards during the royal celebrations. The former publican has founded her empire – which has won a reputed £850,000 Olympics contract – on trainee labour and government handouts
More from the Observer Here.
Some choice extracts:
LDC has become one of the main training providers for the security industry in the north-west and has quickly expanded to offer a plethora of other courses recognised by the main examining body, Edexcel. Last year LDC shared a £2.5m contract to provide training services to young people.
Usually young people are paid an allowance to attend an LDC course, the costs of which can be up to £1,200 and which are covered by government agencies that help them find work. LDC says that the courses will be invaluable, offering those who attend “a guaranteed job interview and opportunity to carry out supervised security and event safety work experience with Close Protection UK”.
One person who attended a course suggested the training was rather unconventional. “On the final day Prince ordered a Range Rover be hired as she would be a VIP for the evening while the students were put through their paces and tested,” the attendee said.
“She was driven around Manchester with a friend and a team of bodyguards. She shopped in the town centre before being driven back to the Lowry, where she changed. She and her friend were then taken back in to Manchester, where she was out until the small hours, before being driven back. That was the final test for the students. CPUK now sanctioned them as CP (Close Protection) operators worthy of an SIA badge. Better still, Prince enjoyed a night out costing thousands, all paid for by the students’ fees.”
That just about sums up the Government’s Welfare-to-Work schemes, doesn’t it?
Below: your new Social Entrepeneur Training Company Manager,
“Our goal is to help as many unemployed people as possible into jobs that last.”