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    Gamekeepers jobs

    While hare shooting today i bumped into a chap i havent seen for a while , nice cheerfull lad , honest hard working sort whos been keepering since school . Anyway , turns out the shoot he was on , working single handed and doing first class job , closed down and of cause he lost his house and due to this has had to give away dogs aswel . Poor bloke , the spring seems to have gone out of his step and he wasnt full of jokes and having a laugh as usuall . Point is he tells me that last spring he sent off about 50 letters with his CV containing his contact numbers Email address and stamped addressed envelopes , he got 3 replys ! Then he tells me about a headkeeper i know on a large estate we all know , who phoned him and asked him to send all his details for an up coming position , happy days , wrong this headkeeper never replyed either . Just what is wrong with this industry , time was you sent a letter and got a standard reply one way or the other , now it seems times are so hard some estates and shoot owners are steaming off stamps for their own use rather than print off a letter . Dont these people realise the stress involved in loosing a job , your home and everything else then to be left hanging on to hope of a reply at the very least . It sickens me to the bone , what are your thoughts

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    David BASC , perhaps this is something you could look into

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    send me a pm may be able to give him a head start on a job

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    Quote Originally Posted by norma 308 View Post
    send me a pm may be able to give him a head start on a job
    thats good to see helping out your fellow man top marks for that.

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    Sorry to here about your friend trouble although I can't see where BASC could become involved, what would you expect from them?

    3 reply's is pretty poor and at the end of the day. It is not as if they need to reply with a letter, a quick phone call or e-mail to say sorry/we nothing avalible would only take a second. If some one goes to the effort it is only fair to reply in return, even if it is a token jesture. But were all 50 letters to advertised jobs or was the majority of it a stab in the dark in which case it could be considered unsolicited mail?

    I'm very fortunate in the fact that I have never been put out of work and the thought is not something I really want to even consider.

    The majority of keepers don't seem to do very well these day's, way back when in the day's of big land and property owners yeah a stalker might have been some one but in this day and age it seem the majority people take house ownership for granted and with the rise in house prices that occoured over the past few years a stalkers wealth (thats probably the wrong word) has reduced as a result as the equity gained by his fellow man in other occpations grew (as long as they were a home owner). I considered a full time stalker/keepers job and even applied for a few but in hindsight I'm glad I never got any where, but I'm sure there are many others who did the same thing and got it and do not regret it.
    Last edited by aliS; 04-02-2012 at 09:06.

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    We hold a register of 'keepres looking for jobs and put them in touch with any shoot we hear of thats looking for new 'keeper.

    I have a meeting on monday about this service as it happens to see how it can be made better and more active,

    I have seen more shoots shut in the last 12 motnths that I can ever remember.

    David

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    Guys you should get him to contact the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust. They will be able to help him with housing and the jobs register. The contacts are Helen Benson http://www.gamekeeperswelfaretrust.com/ helpline 01677 470 180

    I assume that this is the jobs register BASC hold?? Gamekeepers Welfare trust look after keepers and is supported by the NGO, CA (and one can only assume not BASC if they are once again duplicating the good work of others or worse still taking credit for it!!).

    Helen has helped me out with jobs in the past and three keepers I know last year landed decent jobs through her.

    The NGO do a lot of fundraising for the Welfare Trust and it something we should help with, you never know when any of us will need the help of the welfare trust especially in this climate.

    Good luck to him.
    Last edited by hottopic; 04-02-2012 at 12:09. Reason: missed out a word -didnt make scense

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    The trust was started with the help of GCT and BASC back in the early 1990's, as it says on the trust's home page.

    Its supported in terms of donation and fundraising by many organisations, its indipendent of BASC but BASC have been actively involved with the trust since it started, as have others as I say. The trust is there to help any keeper, not just those who are members of BASC, NGO etc

    The BASC register of keepers looking for a job is not related to the trust, its simply a service we offer for our BASC gamekeper/ syndicate members. With over 1000 affiliated game shoots, many of who will have a full or part time 'keeper, and 5000 'keeper members it make sense for us to offer this service to hlep both groups of members

    David

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    Our estate office recieves 2 or 3 e-mails a week and a couple of letters a month mostly from young kids looking to gain some experience in keepering part time from colledge or straight from school. Or from people looking to change direction after having been made redundant in this or another field.
    I make a point of reply to everything and pass on details /contacts where I can, or keep them on file for future ref if interesting.
    But I have to admit it is wearying to keep on replying negatively to so many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliS View Post
    Sorry to here about your friend trouble although I can't see where BASC could become involved, what would you expect from them?

    3 reply's is pretty poor and at the end of the day. It is not as if they need to reply with a letter, a quick phone call or e-mail to say sorry/we nothing avalible would only take a second. If some one goes to the effort it is only fair to reply in return, even if it is a token jesture. But were all 50 letters to advertised jobs or was the majority of it a stab in the dark in which case it could be considered unsolicited mail? .
    dropped by to see if he wanted to come roost shooting today , i came away with 2 terrier bitches that ill look after till he wants them back . His job applications were for advertised positions not unsolicited mail . As for the headkeeper who phoned him , well if your a keeper you will have heard of him , he works on a very large very private estate that everyonehas heard of in the east . This position was filled by a friend of the headkeepers son .

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