Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with Kylie Wil­son

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.

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