If gainful employment is one key ingredient to a better, …

Comment on Sentenced to a job and a future – Elferink’s visionary initiative by Hal Duell.

If gainful employment is one key ingredient to a better, more rounded and productive life (a view I support), and if a basic skill set is necessary to find that employment, this scheme could prove beneficial to those eligible for it.
It’s a funny old world we’ve created when one way out of the poverty trap of welfare dependency is to go to jail for a spell to acquire work experience, and then head for a mining camp or some other isolated place where relatives and peer groups are unable to humbug an aspiring person down to a lowest common denominator.
I wish Minister Elferink well with this. Something is needed to break the cycle that gives us men and women who simply do not know how to work.
Inspiring them to want to is another matter.

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