posted on May, 6 2015 @ 06:39 PM
A couple of experiences from my youth for you to consider.
Some thirty years ago when I was a teen the Conservative government created the `Youth Training Scheme`, £36 per week. I was forced to take part
because little to no investment in small business had been made in my part of Yorkshire. I was promised qualifications and experience that would help
me find full time work. After a few months of training we were told that we would not receive the qualifications we had been promised because only one
provider would be funded to do so, this was the local college. So we worked from the previous years papers because leaving was not an option. Most of
the staff still had outside work in their given field, engineering, electronics, decorating, graphic design etc. A month before I was due to leave the
place was closed due to theft and fraud committed by the members of staff.
In my mid-twenties I was placed on a `Back to Work` program in market gardening, basically a weeks work running a fully functioning site, for £10 a
week expenses on top of my benefits. I passed the standard qualifications and had just started the actual retail side of things, when I was told that
this part of the training had stopped due to funding, again no option of quitting. A few weeks after finishing this 9 month course the providers had
been found guilty of fraud.
My experiences are far from unique, I would hate to see this and the next generation of young people humiliated in this way.