Opt for the UK website CRASHES as the minister urges layoff workers to harvest fruits and vegetables
Pick for Britain website CRASHES as Environment Minister George Eustice urges laid-off workers to volunteer to harvest fruits and vegetables, revealing that only a third of European seasonal workers will be available to work in the UK
- The Pick for Britain website went up within minutes of Mr. Eustice’s appeal
- He urged enlightened workers to move into the fields and reap the harvest
- Attractive to those who need money, want to get out of the house or ‘lend a hand’
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A website launched to help save this year’s crop after the corona virus prevented foreign workers from crashing today, after a minister pleaded to lend the British a hand.
The Pick for Britain website went down within minutes tonight after Environment Minister George Eustice called on domestic workers to fill gaps in the country’s fields.
He used the Downing Street Daily Press Conference to ask for help from those who needed more money, who wanted to “lend a hand and play their part” or simply go out into the open.
He said that the UK normally relied on armies of mainly Romanian and Bulgarian workers, but as many as two-thirds of the usual workforce cannot enter the UK due to coronavirus.
Mr Eustice said to the nation, “One thing is clear, and that we must rely on British workers this year to lend a hand to bring that harvest home.
The Pick for Britain website went within minutes tonight after environment minister George Eustice called on domestic workers to close gaps in the country’s fields
He used the Downing Street Daily Press Conference to ask for help from those who needed more money, who wanted to “lend a hand and play their part” or simply take the outdoors
“Over the past few months, we’ve been working with industry on a plan to support and assist people in second jobs, especially those who have been made redundant.
How does the Land Army application process work?
Applicants begin with an application to join the new Land Army on a government website and are asked if they have a driver’s license.
They should also indicate how far they are willing to travel to work and whether they need accommodation.
Applicants are then emailed and asked to download a phone app where they re-enter their details.
Then they have to film themselves and answer seven interview questions, such as ‘what motivates you?’, ‘What experience do you have with teamwork?’ and another about goals and deadlines.
All of these responses must be uploaded as separate videos before applicants are told if they have successfully completed the process.
Then they are offered a number of possible jobs.
Another method is to apply it using the government’s ‘Pick for Britain’ scheme.
There is a list of 16 different recruiting companies and applicants are recommended to apply individually.
“And we’ve launched a new Pick for Britain website that allows people to go online, check which jobs are there, what job openings there are and combine jobs for the growers and employers with those people looking for a second job – especially those who are on leave.
“We believe that those on leave get to the point of lending a hand and playing their part.
“Maybe they want to get out and maybe want to supplement their income with an extra job.”
The industry-supported website was launched in April by the Ministry of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Council, to bring jobseekers and farmers together.
Peak periods for product harvesting run from June through fall, and it is hoped that people from students to fired hospitality workers will take the opportunity.
The website is also supported by the Prince of Wales, who today called on ‘pickers who are stickers’ to join a national effort to help farmers with the ‘non-glam’ work of harvesting vegetables and fruit.
Charles supported the government’s initiative to bring British workers and peasants together to ensure that crops do not continue to rot in the soil during the coronavirus outbreak.
He compared the ‘vital’ project to the Women’s Land Army, which boosted British food production during World War II.
The prince, who runs an organic farm at his home in Gloucestershire, says in the video: ‘Food doesn’t magically happen, it all starts with our remarkable farmers and growers.
“If the past few weeks have proven anything, it is that food is precious and valued and that it is not self-evident.
That’s why that great movement of World War II – the Land Army – is being rediscovered in the newly created ‘Pick For Britain’ campaign.
“In the coming months, many thousands of people will be needed to bring in the crops. It will be a hard graft, but it is extremely important if we want to prevent the growing crops from being lost. ‘
The video, which is shot in the vegetable garden of Charles’s Scottish home and will later be posted on the social media channels of Clarence House, says the heir apparent, “Harvests run until early fall and it takes people who are really on their way.
The phrase I’ve heard many times is “pickers that are stickers”.
“I have no doubt that the work will be non-glamorous and challenging at times. But it is of the utmost importance and, at the height of this global pandemic, you will make an essential contribution to national efforts.
“So I can only urge you to choose Britain.”