Some are desperate enough to spend their teenage years shovelling horseshit and riding out (a euphemism for exercising the horses of those who can afford to lie abed in the early hours) through the dawn mists for no pay, just the ‘work experience’.
Today we have a new opportunity. A company called Etsio is offering parents or their wealthy offspring the unique opportunity to shovel horseshit for a mere £65 a day – no, don’t be daft, you don’t get paid £65 a day, you pay £65 a day for the experience…..
000039 A person with previous experience with horses who is keen to study towards their exams. Self motivated and happy to help with all tasks. Able to communicate well with the clients and enjoy a good team spirit with the staff. We are a B.H.S. exam centre to Stage 2 and can train for P.T.T. and Stage 3.
How much value is that opportunity to train towards ‘Stage 3 of the BHS’:
This qualification will provide the holder with the competencies and ability to look after up to four horses in stables and at grass in an unsupervised environment, ensuring that horses, stables, yard and fields are safe and in good order.
If that doesn’t appeal, how about paying £65 a day to learn how to paint nails?
Beauty therapy, nail technician – 000026 I am looking for a trainee to incorporate in my salon for future employment.
Would you rather pay £130 a day to shadow a recruitment agent working in the City of London…
001072 This internship will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to learn the workings of the basic mechanics of the Insurance industry. The experience gained and the contacts made could provide the intern a springboard to secure a career in the City either in recruitment or maybe even in the insurance industry. Hours will generally be 10.30 – 4.30 or to be agreed and the duration of the internship TBA.
Or even £200 a day to find out how to persuade people to pay you to order the vol-au-vents for their big day…
Wedding Planner 000023 Isabella Weddings is an established Wedding Planning company, we offer support to couples at all stages of their plans and attend on the day to ensure all their wishes are carried out and the day is perfect for them.
No jobs are guaranteed, just ‘work experience’.
Work experience is a valuable asset; I have offered my labour many times for free over the years in order to acquire a new skill – but paying up to £200 a day to persuade a firm to let you work for them for free? That is a new one!
There was something vaguely familiar about the group of companies advertising their willingness to take on unpaid interns in return for a hefty payment; there was also something familiar about the name of the man behind the Etsio web site.
Could it be the same Kit Sadgrove (no relation to our Sad!) that wrote ‘Make Big bucks as a Business Coach’ explaining how the professionally unskilled can make ‘Big Bucks’ teaching the CEO’s of major companies how to run their business – all you need to do is sign up to a distance learning course. He certainly doesn’t expect his prospective ‘paying interns’ to have any relevant background:
Most applicants we come across don’t have any experience that would make them useful to our employers.
Except of course the ability to put their hands in their pockets…
Coincidentally, there is a Kit Sadgrove who runs distance learning courses – the same one? We should be told. This Kit Sadgrove runs distance learning courses in all sorts of things, like wedding planning, interior design; surely nail painting and horseshit shovelling are merely an oversight on his web site so far.
Perhaps distance learning courses have run their term and unpaid intern-ships where you pay for the privilege are the new in thing. Or perhaps he’s had trouble getting paid….
Ben Lyons, co-director of Intern Aware, tells me that ‘The government’s own lawyers have warned work without pay is often illegal and HMRC should be investigating companies which offer unpaid and paid-for internships.’
*Cut price offer: for a mere £500 a day I’ll show you how to run a busy political web site, was £1,000 a day. Only available in the run up to Christmas. Enrol now! Guaranteed no pay. Guaranteed no future job.