I WAS intrigued to read that a job centre in Wales was rewarding those unemployed men and women with a good record for trying to get work – with free spray tans.
The treatment is offered by the Well-Being And Training Academy in Aberdare, South Wales, which is quite near the Brecon Beacons where the Paras and SAS do their survival training.
Sarah Sweeden, the academy’s director, said: “We want to give people that extra confidence – or that Gwok Wan makeover – to give people the incentive to find work. It will recognise those who are doing their utmost to find employment by giving them a beauty treatment.”
I’m all for incentives but what is a foreman to make of a bloke who applies for a job in the building trade looking like he’s just spent three weeks in Benidorm.
“Nice tan, look you.”
“Oh that. I got it whilst training with the SAS. Only part time, mind. It wouldn’t get in the way of work.”
“If you get the job, you’d start at the bottom. Can you make tea?”
“Of course I can make tea.”
“Can you drive a fork lift truck?”
“Now hang on a minute. How big’s the chuffing tea pot?”