Government employment schemes are too complicated says leading entrepreneur
Government employment schemes are & lsquo;too complicated’ says leading entrepreneur
Government is failing to reap the full benefits of its £15 billion spend on employment schemes for young people because they are too complicated a leading entrepreneur said today.
“There is far too much duplication and cross-over between varying schemes,” said Will Davies – co-founder of burgeoning property maintenance and refurbishment concern aspect.co.uk
“Research by the Local Government Association suggests that for people between the ages of 13 and 24 there are at least eight different national organisations which fund 33 different employment schemes catering for 13 different sets of age boundaries,” he said.
“We need to get back to the basics of the old fashioned apprenticeship system,” said Mr Davies. “No matter how many schemes the government support none of them will be absolutely perfect for every individual. We need to give long-term unemployed youngsters the chance to work and the chance to learn basic disciplines like time keeping and team work.”
aspect.co.uk – which is London’s biggest property maintenance company – is holding a & lsquo;handyman boot camp’ for young unemployed Londoners at its Earlsfield headquarters on 27th March.
Any unemployed person between 18 and 24 can apply online at www.aspect.co.uk/recruitment/bootcampor phone 020 3627 6425 regardless of DIY or building experience.
Participants will be required to complete a number of physical and mental 'boot camp' challenges with the reward being a full-time, paid handyman apprenticeship with aspect.co.uk.
It is intended that the handyman apprenticeship should lead to a specialised training in any building trade of the successful candidate’s choice.
“We see it as a real version of & lsquo;The Apprentice’,” said Will Davies. “The youngster who displays the most initiative and contributes the most during the boot camp will be rewarded with an employment contract.”
“With over a million youngsters unemployed companies throughout the UK need to take the initiative and offer a route out of & lsquo;benefit culture’ for young people – especially the ones who haven’t, for one reason or another, performed well academically,” he said.