We have been working with young people and former refugees with barriers to employment (things going on that mean it’s hard to get and keep a job) for more than 10 years and we have tried lots of different ways of getting to know each person, finding out what they’re good at and like, and finding out what support they need. We know that the best way to do that is to work alongside each other.
By coming and doing some training and work experience at the Green Connect farm, you get to learn some new skills, meet some new people, try new things, make mistakes and make a difference. You’re also showing that you can turn up and pitch in. And you get to know a bit about us and how we work.
We don’t think it’s unethical for a few reasons:
- Most people who do it get a lot out of it. You learn a lot, meet good people, and try new things.
- We don’t get anything out of it. We have figured out that we could either pay a farm supervisor to do a day’s work, or we could pay a farm supervisor to train and mentor a group of potential new staff doing work experience, and the same amount of work gets done. So it is the same to us whether we have people doing work experience or not, but we’re helping people to start their employment journey.
- In other programs you pay to do the kind of training that we offer people for free.
- It is only a few days, not a 6 or 12 month program.