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Movement to Work, a collaboration of UK employers that aims to tackle youth unemployment through the provision of high-quality work experience placements, was proud to announce its 50,000th placement opportunity last week.
The placement was celebrated at an event, presided over by Marc Bolland as chairman of Movement to Work, which brought togethersenior representatives from participating employers including FTSE 100 companies, SMEs, the Civil Service and the NHS, charities such as The Prince’s Trust, and young people who have been through the programme.
Movement to Work, a registered charity, offers work placements to 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, who can struggle to identify and take advantage of employment opportunities.
Where possible, the placements are linked to jobs, with at least 50 per cent of those young people completing their placements securing jobs through their experiences.
Marc Bolland said: “Youth unemployment is something that needs to be tackled head on to provide people with the right start to work, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Concerned by the lack of opportunities for 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training, we created Movement to Work.
“The event sees us mark our third birthday and importantly the fact that 50,000 young people have been given an opportunity to move towards work. This enables young people to show what they can achieve and allows the business community to benefit from a wider talent pipeline.”