Traineeships are the latest attempt by the Tories to introduce workfare for private companies by stealth. There is no pretence that Traineeships will lead to a real job with proper wages. According to the DWP these schemes, which can involve up to six months of unpaid work, are to ‘prepare’ people for becoming Apprentices, at below the minimum wage.
George Osborne announced before Christmas that young, unemployed people between the age of 18 and 21 will be forced to attend either a Traineeship, other unpaid work experience position or face a Community Work Placement. That means young people who refuse to work in Shoezone for free will be forced to carry out 780 hours community work instead – for no wages. Traineeships are workfare, and claimants who refuse them face a punishment that is double the length of current community service sentences that can be inflicted by the courts.
So ignore Shoezone when they claim, as they did yesterday, that: “Our voluntary work experience and education scheme for young adults is not linked to the workfare programme”.
And what can young people expect if they work for free at Shoezone? According to the company they will be ‘trained’ in: “greeting customers and assisting them with their purchases, training on the till, dealing with stock replenishment and deliveries, and general tidying and store presentation.”
So that’s it, tidying up, stacking shelves and saying fucking hello. This is naked exploitation and Shoezone must think their customers are fucking idiots if they expect them to believe that their use of workfare is anything else. Or buy anything from them again.
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