Esther McVey, The Work and Pensions Secretary has Boldly come out and said that teenagers need to get a summer job and focus less on education. Claiming that A summer job will help make young people more employable and ready for adulthood.
Yet, how can Esther McVey come out with that and not see the issue? The biggest issue with that is getting any form of a job, be that a part-time summer nor or even a full-time job is near impossible for those without any form of experience.
typically at the age of sixteen, you don’t have the most work experience possible. Not unless your school was able to run a work experience program or even a mentorship. even so with just a week of experience is not enough for some employers.
I didn’t do any work experience in secondary school, My school didn’t run any programs like that and even when in Further Education the opportunities to do work experience were incredibly slim. Not many companies would allow an under eighteen even shadow someone.
In the four years, I did in further education, only two years I was able to obtain a placement. With one not even being in my subject field. How Helpful was that placement then? Giving me hard skills that cannot cross over like the typical soft skills.
Then even if you weren’t able to get work experience, Getting any form of a job is impossible, going back to my first argument, in some sectors you cannot work until eighteen. Retail, Bar work and even labouring you cant work in until eighteen.
There’s a bigger risk to employers to hire sixteen-year-olds, More health and safety rules have to be applied for under sixteens, companies won’t risk damages to an under the legal age person.
I Spent this past year unemployed and looking for a job. How Successful was it? Applying for hundreds of jobs and only getting 5 interviews. I ended off taking a job as a packer through my Fathers workplace for three months.
So Esther McVey, If you want all teenagers to have a summer job then Why not you have a go at finding one, With zero help from your aids and assistants, Try actually going through the process before spouting stupid statements out of thin air.
Written By Jordan Dodds for Journaling Thoughts.