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Young Unemployed to get Woken up by ‘Training Providers’.

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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.


Written by Andrew Coates

July 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

6 Responses

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  1. Is this for real?

    Heroes To Inspire?

    Fucking hell….just fucking hell!

    So little johnny lying in bed until whatever time the state decides he should be up will then get a prompt phone call from an ex serviceman who can only find work doing just this. What’s he going to do, have a PTSD inspired moment of screaming down the phone?

    Again the creeping militarisation; the propaganda – he’s a hero! Telling you to GET OUT OF BED!

    Then what…?

    Ghost Whistler

    July 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    • Personally neither when I was a ‘youth’ nor now would I appreciate a Military type lecturing me in any way at all.

      Being forced to listen to them would make it even worse.

      Andrew Coates

      July 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

  2. Then what…?… quick march, left right, left right to the JobCentre… you filthy, bone-idle, work-shy, lazy PIECE OF SCUM!!!!

    Corporal C Unt

    July 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  3. what happens if u got no phone then? the post don’t come till 2pm or they planing on banging on ppls doors at 7am.

    total waste of time lmfao

    super ted

    July 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  4. Nick Cleggs attendance was the 4th worst in the cabinet a little over 30% for votes for the first 6 months of the coalition and ‘work’ didn’t start until the afternoon. What’s wrong with an alarm clock. I’m up before 6am every day so can I claim the £2k if they don’t phone me.


    July 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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