School-children as young as 12 are to face Jobcentre harassment coercing them to join unpaid work schemes when they leave education the DWP have announced today.
Jobcentres busy-bodies are to be sent out into schools in a chilling move that Iain Duncan Smith has pledged will have a ‘dramatic’ impact on the nation’s children and encourage social mobility. Yet this, of course, is a bare-faced lie. There is no mention of going to college, university, or even starting a real job in today’s gushing DWP press release announcing the scheme. Instead children will be encouraged into unpaid Work Experience, unpaid traineeships, or poverty paid so-called Apprenticeships which are little more than an excuse for companies like McDonalds to dodge paying their workers the minimum wage. This scheme is merely the latest shabby attempt to indoctrinate young people into accepting the life of low paid, insecure, shitty jobs – or unpaid workfare – that the Tory Party have planned for the working class.
The good news is that only one school has agreed to take part so far, the Holy Trinity Catholic School in Birmingham who can be found on twitter @HolyTrinityCol. The scheme will be overseen by creepy Jobcentre district manager @NigelKimpton who seems to spend half of his time squandering tax payer’s money by posting happy-clappy ‘inspirational’ garbage on twitter. Like the tweet below where he thinks he’s fucking Einstein. Do you trust this man with your children’s future?
Never give up…..people with big dreams always achieve more than someone with all the facts…. Einstein
— Nigel Kimpton (@NigelKimpton) November 27, 2014
This ideological campaign comes in advance of plans to force all young people into unpaid work for private companies if they are unable to find a job. From 2017 policies aimed at compelling those under 21 to ‘earn or learn’ will mean vicious benefit sanctions for those who refuse to work for free. And when the Tories talk about learning what they mean is stacking shelves in Poundland for no wages. Despite their name, Traineeships contain no training beyond basic Maths and English. They are a workfare programme, designed to prepare young people for being an Apprentice where they will be paid as little as £3.30 per hour. And once they’ve done that they will probably be slung back on the dole, where they will face yet more workfare.
With the welfare state being weaponised against the very people it was designed to help there can be no tolerance of Jobcentre propaganda in schools – especially when benefit sanctions may be putting parent’s lives at risk. It is beyond vile, and teachers and school kids alike should tell them in no uncertain terms to fuck off. As for the rest of us, with mass workfare back on the cards for the young, then it’s time to tell the grasping corporate sector that if you exploit our kids, we will shut you down.
Above pic amended slightly and (I think) from here.
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