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Last year, we were stood in the passport line, coming in through Manchester airport, when airport staff rolled about 20 wheelchairs to the front of the line. The occupants all appeared to be middle eastern guys all in their mid twenties.  No announcement was made, but my first guess was NHS.

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11 hours ago, Stallard12 said:

Last year, we were stood in the passport line, coming in through Manchester airport, when airport staff rolled about 20 wheelchairs to the front of the line. The occupants all appeared to be middle eastern guys all in their mid twenties.  No announcement was made, but my first guess was NHS.

Or possibly a disabled sports team on a European tour ?

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Britains Got Talent, The Voice to name but two reasons. Why spend years training when you can just go on a reality talent show and become a star earning easy money with little effort.

Ok so a bit tongue in cheek that but with a grain of truth in it.

The big problem is that people these days are after a career rather than a job. Slogging along in a hospital for fourteen hour shifts, low pay and all the verbal/ physical abuse you can handle seem a lot to ask when you can sit in a nice warm office environment bothering people about double glazing or the like over the phone for eight or nine hours and only have the verbal abuse to deal with which can be stopped at the press of a button.

With the rise of agency work and zero hours contracts, having a long term job seems to have gone by the board these days. Some people i know have had six or seven "jobs" in as many months, well maybe not in as many months but pretty close. Mostly warehouse or call centre work.

Training in skills have been watered down with short term apprenticeships being the norm. (four years was the standard length of time for an apprentice when i started work it is about eighteen months now)

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When you think back over the last 50 years there has been a definite watering down of the skill levels & employment opportunities available to the average working person. Although there are  some brilliant jobs in the UK , the employment levels needed have been reduced by new technology &  also the removal of many of the jobs that needed skilled labour ,many of our jobs having been taken over by continental operators who now sell to us the raw  materials & finished products that we once produced. It is little wonder that many people want to keep a foot in the door of the single market to avoid a major restructuring & rebuild of the British manufacturing base & so avoid the need for training schemes by recruiting from abroad the people to fit the jobs on offer.

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