A Derby training centre that helps unemployed people get work is being overwhelmed…
Hurrah! The tough austerity regime is clearly working to force unemployed Britons into empl…
Oh. Hang on.
… by an influx of jobseekers from eastern Europe.
Ummm. That’s a shocker.
Mohammed Sharief, chief executive of Normanton-based Jobs Education and Training, said his staff were nearing “breaking point” because of the surge.
And he said police have had to be called as people desperate for work get frustrated.
I bet that doesn’t happen with the home-grown unemployed!
But why are they unable to find jobs here? I’m constantly told by the media that they are better educated than our home-grown unemployed, they are good, hard workers, doing the jobs for low pay that our underclass won’t bother getting out of bed for.
In Normanton and Arboretum, a huge number of eastern Europeans are desperate for employment.
But their lack of English and limited computer literacy means many are struggling to get work and are relying on the centre for help completing job applications.
Ah. I see. That puts quite a different complexion on things, doesn’t it?
“There are a limited number of jobs in Derby and the clients we are dealing with have no English, no work experience and no qualifications. Realistically, what job are they going to get? They can do manufacturing, cleaning and packing but those jobs are very limited.
“Some employers tell the clients they can’t be given the job because they can’t read the health and safety signs.”
And no. We aren’t, it seems, talking about people who haven’t unpacked their suitcase yet!
Slovakian Bohuslav Cervnak, 24, came to Derby two years ago to give his two children a better quality of life.
Speaking via a translator, he said: “The problem is I’m not able to speak English. When I go and see someone at an agency about a job, they say they can’t give it to me. They say I have to learn English first.”
You’ve been here two years. TWO YEARS! And you haven’t learnt English yet?
Nor are you the only one, so it can’t be the accents that are stopping you:
Dasa Balogova, 23, arrived in Derby from Slovakia, seven months ago and has also been unable to find work due to her lack of English.
She said: “I’m applying for any job – cleaning, packing – I don’t mind what it is. I came to England for a better life. I wasn’t told how hard it would be to get a job.
“My aunt, grandfather, sister and cousin came to England. Some work and some are on Jobseekers’ Allowance.”
Mr Sharief said JET received funding from JobCentre Plus to help jobseekers who cannot speak English.
He said that had almost run out and yet hundreds of people, mainly Eastern European, were arriving.
And we can’t stop them, apparently. Three cheers for the EU, eh?
Councillor Fareed Hussain, cabinet member for adults and health at Derby City Council said: “The difficulty we have is that funding is so tight at the council that we are still trying to find the money to provide the statutory services we have to.
“I think the situation is something we have to raise with our MPs and Government because, if these people do not get support, then they will lose their benefits, and so deprivation will increase.”
And more ‘charities’ will bid for taxpayers money to help them.
Can we leave yet? Please?