Leading UK entrepreneur joins forces with Sir Stuart Rose to support Get Britain Working scheme
Leading UK entrepreneur joins forces with Sir Stuart Rose to support & lsquo;Get Britain Working’ scheme
Sir Stuart Rose - the former head of Marks & Spencer - defended the Government’s embattled & lsquo;Get Britain Working’ work experience scheme this week saying that it was & lsquo;baffling’ why anyone would complain about providing young workers with job experience in the current financial climate.
Superdrug, Maplin’s, mental health charity Mind, Waterstones, Sainsbury’s and Burger King have all turned their backs of the scheme due to public criticism of the scheme but Will Davies - co-founder of burgeoning property maintenance and refurbishment concern aspect.co.uk - sprang to Sir Stuart’s defence today.
“Unfortunately, youth unemployment is set to continue rising because more experienced workers are being made redundant and they are taking jobs that would – in different circumstances – be open to the young,” said Mr Davies, who was an investment banker before creating aspect.co.uk
“Young people should be jumping at the prospect of any sort of work experience. Even if they have only been stacking supermarket shelves prospective employers know that they have made an effort and got up every morning,” said Mr Davies.
aspect.co.uk - one of Britain’s fastest growing property maintenance companies – have announced expansion plans to take their £10 million London into the regions but have been shocked by the lack of applications from young British workers.
“It is becoming acceptable for the young in Britain to be unemployed and use the economic situation and the massive youth unemployment figures as an excuse,” said Mr Davies.
“We have had plenty of applications from workers over 30 but we want to see a mobilisation of younger British workers to take on the challenge of getting out to work and delivering a service like ours,” he said.
Critics have labeled the & lsquo;Get Britain Working’ programme a source of & lsquo;slave labour’ and say that it is open to abuse from employers who can use the scheme to provide & lsquo;free’ work and actually reduce the number of real jobs available for young people.
Human rights lawyers have also threatened to sue any company taking part in the government scheme.
“Young people are leaving school without the basic skills necessary to enter and progress in the workforce,” said Mr Davies.