Young Unemployed to get Woken up by ‘Training Providers’.
The BBC reports,
Nick Clegg scheme will pay firm to wake jobless teens.
The government is paying a company to wake teenagers up in an effort to get them back to work, under a new scheme.
The firm, in the north-east of England, said it was “just one small part of the mentoring approach we have got”.And young people were also driven to interviews and helped to get into the habit of “turning up on time” to jobs.
The Morning Star puts it slightly differently,
Nick Clegg wasn’t kidding about his love for “alarm clock Britain” – now he’s paying privateers to wake Britain’s young people up.
The deputy PM announced plans today to pay “training providers” to make alarm calls to wake up unemployed teenagers as part of efforts to get them into work. The plans are part of his Youth Contract scheme, which he has ploughed more than £1 billion into.
He defended the project as “tailored support” for teens caught in Britain’s youth unemployment crisis.
Mr Clegg said he was encouraging contractors to be “as creative and innovative as they can, to do whatever it takes, to get the young people who need it most back on their feet.”
“In exchange for this freedom, all we ask is that they get results,” he said.
Contractors can claim up to £2,200 per head under the deal. Full payment depends on their remaining in full-time education, work or training six months on.
But details proffered before a select committee last month suggest contractors can still claim at least 20 per cent of the commission just for taking them on.
This scheme raises many questions.
Some might see an early morning call as mollycoddling.
Others will point out that the ‘training provider’ is being given the power to interfere directly in young people’s lives.
I would not like an “early morning call” from a company which is making money out of my unemployment.
The Morning Star also states that,
“In Yorkshire and the Humber, £129m has been set aside for programmes like Heroes To Inspire, in which ex-soldiers give motivational speeches.”£
It seems like the young unemployed are going to get a dose of military-style instruction.
Perhaps the next stage will see them have to assemble for morning parade.