Thursday, June 17, 2010

Please don't call it a Dole

I finished my last exams, I handed in my last essays. I drank my last glasses of piss-poor rosé wine in the ambient settings of my union bar. I was free: fully trained in French and English after four years of carefree esoteric literary analysis and ready to launch myself and my multitude of transferable skills onto the unsuspecting Real World. My next move? I went to the Job Centre to get myself a job.

My first attempt was abortive. In the elegant settings of Stratford Job Centre Plus, where the security guards almost outnumbered the patiently waiting claimants, I queued for ten minutes in order to be given a very badly photocopied A4 sheet with 'Information for New Claimants'. Go home, I was told, and ring this number. (By the way, we call it Job Seeker's Allowance now. Whatever else it is, it is not a dole.) Darn, I don't come all the way to Stratford for fun, you know. You can sign on from the comfort of your own home? You guys should advertise this shit. Everyone would want some.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

No money for ESOL in Tower Hamlets

Interesting to see that a year after the strike by ESOL teachers and users to protect the absolutely vital adult English learning sertvice provided in Tower Hamlets, jobs offered on the Tower Hamlets College website are as follows:

Current Vacancies:

Job Title!SalaryReferenceClosing Date
Head of Faculty for Foundation Learning c. £48-50k plus final salary pension2801Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:00
Head of Information Services c. £50k plus final salary pensionIS01Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:00
Director of Business Enterprise c.£70k plus final salary pensionPC09Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:00
Head of Financial Services Skills Academy c.£46-48k plus final salary pension5501Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:00
Vacancy - Chair of the Board£VoluntaryCB2010Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:00
Apply for a position at THCFind out how to apply for one of these vacancies...

So it seems there is money for Senior Management, if not to provide essential English teaching services for a borough where fifty six per cent of the population belong to an ethnic group other than white British and more people speak English as a second language than almost any other London area.