This Friday we’re having our first #TakeOverday as we hand the reins to our Guest Editor Nisha, currently on Work Experience with us….
— SouthLondonJobs (@SouthLondonJobs) January 6, 2014
With Employment Minister Esther McVey too lazy or gutless to defend the Government’s floundering workfare programme, the DWP have resorted to using people on workfare themselves to justify the scheme.
As part of the DWP’s social media fightback, @SouthLondonJobs will be holding an online event tomorrow promoting the Work Experience scheme. Guest editor Nisha will be editing the twitter feed for a day which has been dubbed #TakeOverDay – so take it over.
According to @DWPgovuk Nisha will be explaining how taking part in Work Experience can boost your employability, except that sadly hasn’t happened in her case yet or she wouldn’t be on workfare.
The DWP will no doubt claim tomorrow that unpaid Work Experience for private companies like Argos, or even the public sector like the DWP, is entirely voluntary. As most claimants know, this is far from the case in practice and George Osborne confirmed this in his Autumn Statement when he announced that young people who refuse unpaid work experience will instead be sent to carry out 780 hours community work.
But we shouldn’t take it out on Nisha, who will be tweeting from @SouthLondonJobs tomorrow – she’s one of us, not one of them. If she refuses to promote workfare then she may find herself sanctioned after all. And no sending her out for a long weight or left-handed screwdriver.
Instead tomorrow offers the chance to tell twitter about the realities of workfare, and don’t forget to use the DWP’s latest hashtag #job2014.
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