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Home grown tradesmen are now better able to compete with Easter European immigrants says apprenticeship campaigner on Thu 6th June, 2013
John Bercow ignored parliamentary protocol when he spoke out about Easter European immigrants but according to training and apprenticeship campaigner Will Davies he was right to emphasis the positive effect migrants have had on the British labour force.
“When the first waves of Eastern European migrant workers came to Britain a few years ago they did display a much superior work ethic to the home grown workforce,” said Mr Davies who is the co-founder of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk
“But their presence here made UK nationals pick up their game and now we see a much better attitude from our home grown tradesmen,” he said.
Speaking in Romania last week Mr Bercow said: “I want to underline the fact that there has been an important wave of immigrants that came to Great Britain from new member states and in many cases they came with aptitudes and a commitment, an involvement we haven’t always seen in our labour force.”
Despite an improved work ethic amongst home grown workers Will Davies said that aspect.co.uk was still receiving more applications from Eastern European than British workers when they were trying to recruit young staff or apprentices.
“Many youngsters are now so conditioned to accept benefit subsistence, slumped in front of Jeremy Kyle on daytime television, that they have become incapable of helping themselves,” said Mr Davies – who was an investment banker before creating aspect.co.uk
“We have found it increasingly difficult to recruit British young people at aspect.co.uk – with jobs going to young foreigners who still seem to have a much stronger sense of work ethic,” said Mr Davies – who has been a long-term campaigner of a return to a traditional system of apprenticeship training for youngsters and is currently working with the ‘Go Think Big’ initiative to help unemployed young people find work.
“However, the crux of the problem is that young British workers cannot compete with many European migrants. At the moment, if an eastern European is interviewed for a job and he has completed a full apprenticeship, as many of them have, then our young, long-term unemployed will have no chance being employed,” he said.
Since 2004 about one million Eastern Europeans have moved to the UK under European Union freedom of movement rules. Restrictions on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria will be lifted next year.
John Price, Hillgrove PR.
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