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Am I Being Unrealistic?

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by notathome, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Please forgive the 'rant-like' nature of my post, but I have to get this off my chest. Bear with me a moment or two.

    A link on the dronfield.derbyshire.sch.uk website led me to the job description for an ICT Technical Apprentice. Then, I made the mistake of reading it through. The salary is:
    £4.00 per hour aged upto 18
    £4.98 per hour for 19 and 20 year olds
    £6.08 per hour for 21 and over

    Yes, UK Minimum Wage, 37 hours a week. Here are some highlights from what lies in store for the lucky applicant:

    To maintain, repair and enhance ICT equipment.
    To install and maintain elements of the network infrastructure including switches and
    cabling.
    To support student learning.
    To provide support for students in out of hours classes/extra curricular time.
    To provide ICT support for feeder schools and other community partners.
    To provide any required staff training in ICT.

    Strangely, as an apprentice, the possibility of any kind of qualification attainment is point 13 out of 17: To participate in training courses as necessary
    So not quite an afterthought.

    Some of the work is quite specialised, cable installation and repair for instance. It's also possible with less technical ability to get a job just a short train ride away from Dronfield with a certain Yorkshire-based ISP that pays around £18k. So just who are they looking for?
    Someone to put children through a system who've been taught (and whose teachers have been taught) by an apprentice on minimum wage?
    Please seek out the link and have a look for yourselves. Let me know if I'm wrong. Hell, let THEM know that they're wrong. I think it's an outrage and it's adding to the conditioning we're all undergoing, to be grateful for any kind of work at any salary.

    I think they deserve some shame, or schools are going to become career ghettoes for anyone without a teaching degree.
     
  2. Please forgive the 'rant-like' nature of my post, but I have to get this off my chest. Bear with me a moment or two.

    A link on the dronfield.derbyshire.sch.uk website led me to the job description for an ICT Technical Apprentice. Then, I made the mistake of reading it through. The salary is:
    £4.00 per hour aged upto 18
    £4.98 per hour for 19 and 20 year olds
    £6.08 per hour for 21 and over

    Yes, UK Minimum Wage, 37 hours a week. Here are some highlights from what lies in store for the lucky applicant:

    To maintain, repair and enhance ICT equipment.
    To install and maintain elements of the network infrastructure including switches and
    cabling.
    To support student learning.
    To provide support for students in out of hours classes/extra curricular time.
    To provide ICT support for feeder schools and other community partners.
    To provide any required staff training in ICT.

    Strangely, as an apprentice, the possibility of any kind of qualification attainment is point 13 out of 17: To participate in training courses as necessary
    So not quite an afterthought.

    Some of the work is quite specialised, cable installation and repair for instance. It's also possible with less technical ability to get a job just a short train ride away from Dronfield with a certain Yorkshire-based ISP that pays around £18k. So just who are they looking for?
    Someone to put children through a system who've been taught (and whose teachers have been taught) by an apprentice on minimum wage?
    Please seek out the link and have a look for yourselves. Let me know if I'm wrong. Hell, let THEM know that they're wrong. I think it's an outrage and it's adding to the conditioning we're all undergoing, to be grateful for any kind of work at any salary.

    I think they deserve some shame, or schools are going to become career ghettoes for anyone without a teaching degree.
     
  3. The same thing's happening elsewhere:

    https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/fe/tpl_wmp01.asp?KEY=10846941&C=880269657158&PAGESTAMP=sevmttcbnnycmnfvzu&nexts=INIT_JOBLISTSTART&nextss=&mode=0&newQuery=yes&searchtext=apprentice&searchdivision=2317&searchregion=0&searchjobgenerallist1id=0&searchindustry=0&searchjobgenerallist3id=0&searchfulltime=0&searchpostcode=&searchpostcodedistance=0&formsubmit4=Search+and+Apply

    Sorry for the huge link! These apprentice jobs (teaching assistants etc.) are being advertised at £400 per month - they were advertising them at the hourly rate of £2.60 in previous months - ICT and Science technicians included.

    Not a good sign at all.
     

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