August 17, 2015 by socialaction2014
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Dear Mr Cameron,
A more miserable, dingy, soul destroying, prospect I cannot imagine.
Your government plans to send young unemployed people to boot camps
where, ‘They will get an initial three-week intensive course of
practising job applications and interviews, which will then be regularly
reviewed by a dedicated job coach’. Cabinet Office minister Matt
Hancock has denied the boots camps are a form of punishment but ‘about
giving more support to young people’. Really? I felt punished just
reading about it. ‘Boot camps’, a dismal name for a dismal programme.
Road kill is more inspiring.
You have battalions of PR peddlers
and spin doctors at your beck and call, you were paid £90,000 a year
working for Carlton television in PR and Priti Patel, Minister of State
at the Department for Work and Pensions, worked in PR, apparently
pulling £165 an hour, and then there’s your Nudge Unit and not one
person could come up with anything more inspiring than ‘Boot camps’? For
Hancock to deny any punitive intent is simply derisory. It has all the
appeal of a heart attack, but lacking the drama.
Here’s an idea
right off the top of my head, for free, but do feel free to put a cheque
in the post. Why not hire a building or set of offices and employ a
whole bunch (a bit like a swarm but sounding less like locusts or
immigrants) of young people to research adventure training, phoning
round adventure centres across the UK and Europe, places like the
Ardeche in France and Glenmore Lodge in Scotland or Alpine ski training
via Action Outdoors UK? The young people thus employed would learn
bargaining skills on the job and how to facilitate training courses and
book young people in. They could advise and help with travel
arrangements, hire and provide adventure assistants to travel with and
support the young people and look out for them and any problems that
I am not suggesting all that should be available is
adventure courses and training, those employed in the, let’s call it –
The Blue Sky Project, could talk to those coming in and ask what they
might be interested in and help them search for places to follow their
interests. I would also suggest including a community snack bar area
with computer access, for discussions, relaxation and online activity.
Such an area might also provide useful chef training and provide hot
meals for homeless people and be open to the local community as well.
I’d suggest a couple of pilot projects in areas with high levels of
unemployed young people set up by project managers drawn from anywhere
but government departments or the DWP in collaboration with local young
people so that they are involved from the start. You might just find
that with something to put on their CV’s and with a desire to further
spread their wings, the projects could provide individual help for young
people in seeking work of their choice who might even be excited to put
together a CV that would enable them to further themselves. Or you
could just carry on and force young people into boot camps and bore them
senseless under threat of sanctions. If we can afford £93 billion in
handouts to corporations, I am sure we could find several million for
something better than soul destroying Boot Camps. But what do I know eh?