We have recently helped a group of social entrepreneurs to establish a new company called NEET Interface Limited which will operate initially in the Oxford area following which it will be rolled out across the whole country.The idea is a simple one.Participating companies will be given the opportunity to provide work placements for carefully screened trainees drawn from the “NEET” community.It is hoped that many of these placements will lead to full-time employment but, if nothing else, it will at least give those involved the opportunity to experience the workplace first hand.
There has been endless commentary in the media about the direct causes of the recent riots and the underlying symptoms but one piece in particular caught my eye:-
Lips (a NEET) saw it as a conspiracy: “all them little jobs – special needs, social workers, police, prison officers – at the end of the day depend on black boys like us failing.If we don’t keep on failing what would happen to all those high salaries?”
The country now pays out more in welfare payments than it raises in income tax and it is depressing to think that such a vast army of highly trained professionals is required to deal with this endemic problem.Another press article talked of “negative millionaires”. It mentioned one dysfunctional family which required support from no fewer than 22 different public sector agencies at a cost of more than £1 Million a year to the public purse.
At the end of the day, the vast majority just want the opportunity to get a job, to feel valued members of society and to gain their self-respect.