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Salvation Army Now Running Employment Plus Services.
Quacking Plums has this important post.
“The Salvation Army is working together with Employment Plus and professional training course QTT who run the courses at the Employment Resource Centre at the Salvation Army.””Captain Liz Hancock, commanding officer at Cradley Heath Salvation Army, said: “Right at the heart of the Salvation Army’s mission is a burning desire to reach out to people within the community by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support wherever possible.”A ceremony was held at the Meredith Street church for the latest intake of adults who have passed the BTEC Level 2 warehousing and storage principals course. (From Halesowen News)
The Salvation Army is working together with Employment Plus and professional training course QTT who run the courses at the Employment Resource Centre at the Salvation Army.
Firstly, Employment Plus is the Salvation Army. At first I assumed they were as separate as this quote implies, staffed by people independent of the SA (ie not necessarily god botherers with military ranks attached). But that’s not the case.Their staff are members of the SA, uniforms and all and they operate within SA premises (ie churches, as I discovered). The article even refers to the person in charge of that SA outfit as its commanding officer!
The Salvation Army may have some merits. But one of this is not being either religiously or culturally neutral. It has an unappealing history with the right-wing Festival of Light (1971) which campaigned against the ‘Permissive Society’. Its more recent positions on gay rights (in the line one can guess) are also criticised - here.
The idea that job-seekers should be obliged to attend courses under their particular brand of Evangelical Christianity, and that the state subsidies this, is an utter utter scandal.