Hire Brits Over Immigrants? What A Joke!

Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

I had to laugh when I read the comments made by Tory Business and Education Minister Matthew Hancock that companies should hire British citizens over immigrants. I fully agree with the sentiment, but to be honest, its practically impossible.

If, as a business owner, you had the choice of an immigrant capable of doing the job with the absolute minimum of training over a Brit who’s education standard is so low he may never learn to do the job, which would you choose? Sure, there are many qualified people in the UK, and if they are not lazy, or benefit cheats, they demand high wages, whereas an immigrant will do the job for a lot less money. So again, which would you choose?

The Effects Of His Mismanagement Of The Education System Now Become Apparent

The major slump in our education system, fostered and nurtured by the previous Labour government under Tony Blair, has made the majority of UK residents below the age of 45 practically unemployable for many skilled jobs. The majority, and in particular the young, cannot read or write properly and have the aptitude of an ass for skilled work.

I read quite often the comments people put on news stories on the internet and I am dumbfounded at the poor writing skills of many. It is clear that to string an intelligent sentence together for them is an impossibility, and as to the spelling skills – forget it. Example: “r u going to the disco?” – answer – “No I ar’nt, u?” While the language as per the example above may be fine for speed typing on the phone, it is not the language to use on a CV, which many bosses have reported seeing.

Immigrant Worker

Immigrant Worker

It was interesting to note that under Labour 74% of jobs were being filled by immigrant workers, whereas under the Coalition, that figure has dropped to 55%. Thank God that someone has at last had the common sense to ensure more British jobs for British people, but naturally that figure must be lowered even more.

The ‘fly in the ointment’ however is that next year we will be forced under EU Rules to accept immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. I cannot speak for the Bulgarians, but from personal experience during visits to Romania I can tell you that they are reliable and hard-working. I am sure many bosses will want to hire them, providing they can learn our language.

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

Many UK bosses have already said that much of today’s youth is utterly unemployable.  To say that much of today’s youth in Britain are dim is understating it by a long way.

But the sad thing is, it’s not restricted to the youth, for many middle-aged people cannot spell or string an intelligent sentence together.  A portion of today’s UK workforce are lazy and prefer to live off the ‘Social’ rather than go out and work for a living. What is really sad is that the core of highly trained professionals in industry are getting older and will soon be retiring, if they haven’t already, and that will be the end of the British engineering and manufacturing industries without the influx of highly skilled foreigners from Europe and the rest of the world.

I had to chuckle when Matthew Hancock said more effort should be given to training local people for jobs. It really depends on the job though doesn’t it. If its carrying crates of vegetables from a truck into a warehouse its not a problem, even an ape could do that, but what if its a complex machining job like lathe work requiring accuracy measured in thousands of an inch? What then!

Apprenticeship 1950

Apprenticeship 1950

I do agree with one statement Hancock made, that apprenticeships should be brought back. This system of training for young people can be traced back to the 12th Century when young boys began  a training programme that would take them to adulthood when they were able to start out on their own. Although conditions changed over the years, the system was in place until the late 1970’s when it died out, mainly due to the decline of British manufacturing industries, caused in the main by the Unions running the country and demanding ever higher wages.

Micrometre - Today's Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

Micrometre – Today’s Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

The main essential point behind the scheme was to provide industry with a ready pool of skilled workers capable of doing complex jobs immediately. The system worked very well, and in it’s heyday made Britain a world leader in manufactured goods and engineering. The scheme is still struggling along in some sectors but is a shadow of its former glory. We need it back, desperately, for that is where our fully trained and competent workers of the future will come from.

Sadly, with the education standards today being what they are, with many youngsters struggling with basic reading and writing it will be a profound struggle. We need a government that will knock our education system into shape and get our children learning what they should in order to climb out of this pit Labour dug for us.

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

But then we come across another problem, and that is the education system itself. How can we expect to teach our children all the right things when many of the teachers couldn’t teach a cat to pee! I am well aware that many of them do a good job and are fairly well trained, however, there is an increasing number of untrained teachers taking over classes and that should not be allowed to happen. If many teachers were to take a GCSE or higher level exam in their chosen subject it is not certain that all would pass.

Years ago, when teachers were real teachers, knowledge came from their head because they all knew their subject off by heart and books were rarely used, whereas today it all comes out of the book. Take them away from most of today’s teachers and they are lost, because in many cases they just quote the book. Years ago if you asked the teacher a question he/she would give you the right answer immediately because they knew their subject inside out.

Raising Standards - That Would Help!

Raising Standards – That Would Help!

So that leads us to the conclusion that before we can revitalize children’s knowledge, we have to start training teachers properly so they are fit for the job.

Another thing that must be done is review the national curriculum. This business of skimming over such subjects as geography and history is detrimental to the overall education of any child. At least one foreign language should be a part of the national curriculum for obvious reasons. It should be German, French or Spanish, not as some bright spark in the government suggested last year, Chinese. Every other European nation teaches at least one, and often two or three languages as part of the curriculum. We do not have the right to the arrogant stance that “Oh everybody speaks English!”

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

It will be a long road before British people can join the job market in a serious way because we must first get our teachers capable of teaching properly, then begin with teaching our children in a very serious way all they need to know. Only with these two steps will we be able to ensure that our future generations become employable in a modern world. Otherwise the rest of the world will blindly pass us by.

Roy

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