Friday, August 10, 2018

Jobs scheme: just another episode in a long-running saga

Hold on to your hats. Another new scheme has just been announced by the Labour government:

Mana in Mahi - Strength in Work will pay a wage subsidy to employers willing to hire a person receiving a main income support benefit, and offer that person an industry training qualification.
I'm underwhelmed.

This latest 'initiative' by Labour, specifically Andrew Little, is a big yawn. The country has' been there, done that' so many times before. Think 'Compass',  'Community Wage' and 'Jobs Jolt' operating respectively at the middle, end of the nineties and mid-2000s.

In fact we are doing it right now. It's called Flexi-wage subsidy:
If you're interested in hiring one of our candidates, but they need support to gain the required skills for the job, we may be able to help with a subsidy for things like training or mentoring.
Get Jacinda, stealing the limelight yet again,  in the fluro vest no less,  making another grand gesture to her demographic.

You can fool some of the people some of the time....


Anonymous said...

What is it with the fluro vests?

It seems like it is a compulsory accessory for any Government announcement these days.

Are they hoping it makes them look "cool", or "competent", or "workers"?

I don't get it.

The Veteran said...

Somewhat of an unfortunate name ... reminiscent of the Nazi Party 'Kraft durch Freude' (KdF) Strength Through Joy movement.

Anonymous said...

'Compass','Community Wage','Jobs Jolt', 'Mana in Mahi','Arbeit Macht Frei', don't you just love slogans? Not!

Lindsay Mitchell said...

I had noticed the dodgy slogan but thought not to mention it. Shows how little history some know - and I'm no shining example!

Anonymous said...

I remember the days of "Taskforce Green". I was employed to do data entry at a public library for their new user database. It led to permanent to work but nevertheless I never worked out the green angle.