Anger as Therese Coffey suggests cabin crew could retrain as carers

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey faces backlash after suggesting cabin crew could retrain as carers amid coronavirus meltdown

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 13:25 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 13:25 BST, 8 October 2020

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A Cabinet minister is facing a backlash after suggesting that cabin crew should retrain as carers amid coronavirus chaos.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey made the remark as she mulled how to draw out 'transferable skills' from people in industries smashed by the crisis.

She highlighted the options for cabin crew, floating that they might want to work in social care or become nurses.

Ms Coffey did tell the The Spectator that it depended whether people wanted a 'complete lifestyle change' and that those might not be their 'dream jobs'.

But unions slammed the comments as 'ill-informed and insensitive', saying the government had 'washed its hands' of the aviation industry.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey (pictured last month) made the remark as she mulled how to draw out 'transferable skills' from people in industries smashed by the crisis

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey (pictured last month) made the remark as she mulled how to draw out 'transferable skills' from people in industries smashed by the crisis

Discussing how to redeploy cabin crew, Ms Coffey said: 'I want to encourage them to perhaps go into teaching or go to college and to be the people who train the next lot of people who are going to do those jobs.'

She added: 'How do we

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