TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
PROGRAM: The Employables
TIMESLOT: Wednesday, 8.30pm
I DON’T have a lot of time for most reality TV shows, and avoid business related ones - like Shark Tank and The Apprentice - like the plague. But I was intrigued by the premise of The Employables, where people from marginalised groups facing long term unemployment are given a chance to work together on a startup with entrepreneur Creel Price. Applicants arrive armed with business ideas that could change their lives, and extraordinary stories of the challenges they have faced in search of employment. Some of the applicants include a Sudanese refugee; an amputee who hasn’t been able to get a job since losing his leg in an accident; a chef who was shut out of the kitchen after losing his eyesight; and a single mum who ended up homeless. Under the guidance of Creel and his team, the would-be entrepreneurs have eight weeks to create the makings of a successful startup business. Unlike many commercial reality shows, here the focus is on personal growth and encouraging the individuals involved to work as a team, polish their ideas and further fulfil their potential. And while it works to bolster the self esteem of the participants, it does not sugarcoat the harsh realities of marketing and business. It is also a sobering look at the discrimination many everyday Australians face while job hunting and in the workplace, with the first episode alone showing the personal impact not being able to find work can have on people, especially those who are part of a minority group or marginalised by society. If you want to catch up, earlier episodes of this program are available on SBS On Demand.
◆ STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY: Creel Price (centre) with the wouldbe entrepreneurs of The Employables.