Work schemes shouldn’t be just slave labour

I’VE become quite intrigued regarding opinions by so many academics as to this ‘work-experience’ scheme.

Many want these young people to begin at the bottom, which is so appropriate and will teach, no matter what type of work is offered, a need to rise up and take part in some way, giving an opportunity to meet others.

My main objection to this scheme is so far it only allows these young people to fill openings doing menial work, such as washing dishes, before going on to get further training. In what, I wonder?

I listened to a minister telling of how a group of young people in London were recruited together and paint staircases in a block of flats. My question is to learn what?

Let me also add that my faith in human nature is very slight and I smell in this scheme a stench belonging to cheap labour, or perhaps a better phrase, slave labour.

Why don’t we teach our youngsters how to read a sliderule or an imperial or digital micrometer, teach them about electrics or carpentry? Why do we show them types of work that must include generous tips to make up a decent wage? Why are kitchens or a career in McDonalds our only offering?

The mind boggles at such choices.

Stan Thompson,

West Acres, Alnwick