Saturday, 1 November 2008

The 'Icebreakers' Must Be Fun On This Training Course...!

Jason Lightwood, 38, enrolled on a group training session designed to help people struggling to find work.

As part of the session, jobseekers were given a questionnaire, set by Juniper Training in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in a bid to boost their self-esteem.
Obviously something required by employers nowadays. Oh, well, at least they stand a better chance of finding employees with good self-esteem than those able to read and write...

But it gets better:
However, Mr Lightwood was left astounded after one of the questions asked if he ever "found it difficult to perform adequately or without embarrassment when involved in sex".
Makes you wonder just what sort of jobs they figured he was looking for, doesn't it? And if that's just the questionnaire, I'd love to see how they plan a breakout session on this course!

But amazingly, instead of saying 'Oh, sorry, that's obviously a mistake, we'll redo the questionnaire', the company stuck to its guns:
The organisers defended the question, arguing that an applicant's skills in the bedroom were linked to their abilities in the workplace.
What! Who on earth could think such a crazy thing?
Juniper Training are authorised and approved by the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out job training schemes.
Ah. Well, makes sense after all - it seems budding politicians are chosen for their skill in screwing the public by looking at their skill in screwing everyone else...

5 comments:

Longrider said...

They do appear to have beaten an ignomious retreat, though. The correct response to the question is: "none of your damned business". The idea that peoples' sex lives affect their work is risible.

patently said...

Nah. The appropriate response is "Stand up, walk out."

Longrider said...

That's the second response ;)

JuliaM said...

Indeed. Though I wonder if that's a result of the publicity?

"The idea that peoples' sex lives affect their work is risible."

As someone who earns her living from training, I have to say I've never come across such a concept. Even from our zanier cousins across the water...

Longrider said...

You and me both.