Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Apprentices, meet your very own Mr Motivator

FErret doesn't have a naughty step, but he's considering borrowing the one his TES colleagues use, if only to have somewhere to put David Scott, chief executive of GTG Training.

Mr Scott, whose company is owned by Scottish car dealership Arnold Clark, trotted out the usual nonsense about young people being work-shy layabouts when he claimed, ahead of a Scottish parliamentary committee appearance, that four-fifths of the 2,280 applicants for apprenticeships at his company were "unemployable".

Oh, really? Mr Scott must have been very unlucky. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) carries out the nation's most comprehensive survey of employers and consistently shows that businesses with experience of working with young people find they are well prepared. The only thing they sometimes lack is experience of the workplace. And you know what cures that? A job.

The saloon-bar talk trashing FE colleges as "state- sponsored day care", from the company's written submission, doesn't inspire much confidence. On the other hand, if these young people lacked motivation, perhaps they had an inkling that, even among those who met GTG's job criteria, fewer than one in three would be hired. …

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