Throughout 2013, Colin’s book ‘How to make a Million Jobs’ has gained a steady stream of excellent critiques on Amazon and continues to be highly relevant for today’s economy. Of the 21 reviews posted, 16 are 5 star and 5 are 4 star. Please find a selection below.
Chloe, October 2013
“This book is a really interesting insight into the current unemployment crisis within the UK. Written from first-hand knowledge of the situation, and with a passion to make things better for everyone Crooks has written a practical book which clearly outlines how employers patience and our collective understanding can make all the difference.”
Simon Osborne, November 2013
“The shocking core of this book is that an increasing amount of people, of all ages, would not be able to read this book nor perhaps have the inclination to do so, due to poor education leading to being long term unemployed: the content is very disturbing.
Crooks points out that efforts made to elevate unemployment are often seen to be counterproductive or wasted by the inefficient delivery of programmes. The ideas proposed will be challenging to those in power, yet appear to make economic sense. This will necessitate the stepping out of the norm, a greater social focus and more a patient business/corporate sector in support of social enterprise; it will be to their benefit in the long run. These points are clearly made with compassion and understanding gained by actually working with people who are disaffected.
A fascinating and enlightening look into what Colin Crooks clearly demonstrates is one of the most important issues facing the UK economy today. Colin draws on his own extensive personal experiences as a social entrepreneur to provide meaningful and achievable solutions that have the potential to be rolled out in those areas most affected.”
Jane Watkinson July 2013
“I bought this book for my MA research into social enterprise and its relationship to work and found this to be one of the best books I have read. The critical conception of how governmental focus on supply side skills, ignoring how there are not enough jobs for people in the first place, alongside the lack of access many people – especially those that have been long-term unemployed – have to basic skills was very insightful, with personal accounts of people Colin has worked with through his own social enterprises very moving but also very illustrative of the problems addressed throughout the book.
Furthermore, it provides real life examples of people who really want to work, and the damage not working – especially long-term unemployment – does to people, which is very important to focus on given the current culture of attacking people on benefits as though they are living a life of ‘luxury’ and do not want to work. Rather than feeding this negative and cynical perception, Colin provides a very positive but also realistic and pragmatic set of actions to help begin addressing these problems.
Through being patient, social enterprises can offer work alongside providing training in basic skills and be patient in enabling the long-term unemployed to take time becoming accustomed to the social employability skills expected in work. Colin discusses how this will help develop stronger community bonds and connections, alongside tackling other social and economic problems such as poverty, ill health and lack of strong, positive role models – which all relate to the problem of sustained worklessness”.