TELEGRAPH ARTICLE: Tesco offers to pay work experience candidates and give them job…08/12/2013

Posted: December 8, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Tesco has offered to pay all work experience candidates referred to the supermarket through Jobcentre Plus and give them a job at the end of their placement if they do well, in a move designed to curb the growing anger towards the company over unpaid placements.

Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little over £50 a week for under-25s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little
over £50 a week for under-25’s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at
the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
Louisa Peacock

By  12:16PM GMT 21 Feb 2012

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The UK’s biggest supermarket has announced it will offer all Jobseekers Allowance work experience candidates a paid four-week placement with the company and a guaranteed job at the end of the scheme, provided they complete the placement successfully.

Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little over £50 a week for under-25′s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Richard Brasher, chief executive of Tesco UK, said: “We know it is difficult for young people to give up benefits for a short-term placement with no permanent job at the end of it. So this guarantee that a job will be available provided the placement is completed satisfactorily, should be a major confidence boost for young people wanting to enter work on a permanent basis.”

When Tesco began offering work experience to Jobcentre Plus jobseekers last May, as part of the Government’s new work academy scheme, it pledged to create 3,000 placements. It has completed 1,500 placements to date and said the remaining 1,500 candidates will be offered the choice of staying on their benefits or taking up the paid placement.

Tesco recruits about 7,000 people each year in its stores nationwide and now 1,500 of those jobs will come from the Jobcentre route. The jobs are not extra to any recruitment plans the company has.

The placements were part of a Government welfare scheme aimed at encouraging business to provide unpaid work placements, to improve jobseekers’ skills and make them more “job ready”. It is voluntary, but if applicants pull out, there is a threat they will lose their JSA payments.

The job advert which sparked the Twitter row

Tesco said it continued to seek reassurances from the Government that if jobseekers dropped out of the work experience scheme, they would not lose their benefits. The supermarket has only ever taken part in the voluntary programme and not the “mandatory work activity” scheme which is more controversial.

A statement on Tuesday said: “Tesco has suggested to the Department of Work and Pensions that, to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature of the scheme, the risk of losing benefits that currently eists should be removed.”

The Tesco jobs row kicked off on social media site Twitter last week. Campaign activists used the site to rally support to boycott Tesco and raise awareness over the scheme, which they claim equates to “slave labour” as employers receive four weeks of unpaid labour.

The British Chambers of Commerce today urged the Government and employers not to let the debate on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook drive policy decisions on tackling youth unemployment.

A petition to abolish all welfare work experience schemes in the UK, run by campaign group Unfair Workfare, has attracted more than 7,000 signatures to date.

One of the commenters, markmason33 & bryterlayter to  Andrew_Ck (2 years ago) made a list of companies engaged in this “work experience” scheme.

The devil is in the detail here Tesco are offering a job at the end of a four week for under 25’s on what is called the work experience program.

They are not however  offering a single penny or the guarantee of a job for those on the work program which is completely different and is for older or longer unemployed people.

So Tesco are still conservative with the truth and in any case you the tax payer are still paying for this and all these other companies to sponge of the state. 

The list is as follows:

a4e
Alpha Stream – Kent
Asda
ATS
BHS – British Home Stores [1]
Boots
Burger King
Burton
Age Concern
Argos
Asian Star Community Radio LTD
Barnardos
Bookers Wholesale
Carillion – Kent
British Heart Foundation
Capability Scotland
Cancer Research
DB Accident Repair – Kent
DC Cleaning Sussex
Diamond Glass Medway – Kent
Dorothy Perkins [1]
Envirostream – Kent
Evans [1]
Finsbury Park Business Forum
F&S Interiors – Kent
Go Response – Kent
Helen & Douglas House Hospice – Maidenhead
HMV [3]
Holiday Inn
Holland & Barrett
Gorgie City Farm
Greggs the bakers
JA Glover – Kent
Jessup Electrical Wholesale Ltd – Kent
JJ Vickers & Sons Ltd – Kent
Kennedy Scott
Kent Flooring Supplies – Kent
Kent Space – Kent
Maplin – have tweeted that they have withdrawn, awaiting statement
Matalan – have suspended workfare. Keep up the pressure for them to drop it!
Mayhem Paintball – Kent
McDonald’s
Medway Council
Medway Tyres – Kent
Miss Selfridge
Mr Gleam – Sussex
Newham Council
Newhaven Community Development
Olympic Glass – Kent
Omnico Plastics Ltd – Kent
Outfit [1]
Payless – Kent
PDSA
Pizza Hut
Plumbase – Kent
Poundland
Poundstretcher
PPDG
Primark
Process Plant Services Ltd – Kent
RBLI
Regency Guillotine – Kent
Richmond Fellowship
Romney Resource Kent
Royal Mail
RNR Performance Cars – Kent
Saffron Acres Project
Salvation Army
Savers
SERCO
Scout Enterprises
Servest – Kent, London
SHOC Slough Homeless
Signs & Imaging Ltd – Kent
Slough Library
Slough Furniture Project
Southern Membranes Ltd – Kent
Southern Metal Services – Kent
southern Roofing & Building Supplies – Kent
Stephens Fresh Food – Kent
Superdrug
Swan Lifeline – Windsor
Tesco
Topman [1]
Topshop [1]
The Range – Sussex
Town and Country Cleaners Kent
Wallis [1]
Westvic Enamellers – Kent
WHSmith
Whittingtons Silk Flower & Plant Centre – Kent
Wilkinsons

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