Last week I blogged about a scheme to provide a Young Person (we’ll call them YPs from now on) with a job.

You know; they get placed with a local business for 8 – 12 weeks and the local authority pays the YPs wages and travel.

Well, we are genuinely up for this scheme. It’s great that the Local Authority is going to pay for the first few weeks, but we have a real vacancy and, if we get the right YP, there could well be a job in it for them at the end of the period.

Now, this all sounds great and, in theory, indeed it is… except for one thing: the hoops we have to jump through and the ones the YP doesn’t!

Let me give you a couple of examples.

Hoops we have to jump through:

  1. Health and Safety Inspection. Okay, not too onerous this one. A fella from the council (that’s pronounced Coonsil here in Scotland) makes an appointment and comes to have a look at the office. Once he found out that we haven’t reached the magical 5 employees figure he wasn’t too bothered, left us the statutory poster and a first aid kit (which I though was nice of him) and cleared off.
  2. PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing). That is testing everything that isn’t tied down and has a plug on it to make sure it’s safe. My cousin is a fine electrician (it’s unfortunate he lives 400 miles away) and he told me that I needed to go on a day’s course to get the certificate or pay someone to do it.

Hoops the YP doesn’t have to jump through:

  1. Interview. Okay, they do have to go through this but we were kind of being dissuaded from doing them. I think that’s because the YP will be based 20 miles away and might find it difficult to get out of their bed in time for the bus. The organiser actually said to me ‘if you do interviews will you expect the YP to come to you or will you come to them?’ ‘Errr… let me think about that one. I’ve thought about it. They’ll come here!’
  2. Paying for their travel. Not only do they get paid by the coonsil for actually turning up, their travel is paid too. They only have to find out which bus they need to get on and what time it goes and Robert’s your uncle.

I still think this is a great scheme and we have high hopes for it, but let’s, please try to make it real.

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