Microsoft is rolling up its sleeves to tackle the spiralling problem of youth unemployment.
The software giant has revealed it will work with its partners to give 100,000 young people in the UK a chance to kick-start their careers under its Britain Works programme. The firm is aiming to get 500,000 people into jobs by 2012 with the initiative.
Over the coming 12 months, the Britain Works campaign will focus on youth unemployment, working with its partners to offer a combination of work experience placements, 450,000 training vouchers and 3,000 IT apprenticeships over the duration of the programme.
Microsoft will work with Remploy to ensure the opportunities reach the people who need them most.
Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, said: “Youth unemployment and a lack of social mobility are just two of the issues facing our society as we seek to emerge from the shadow of recession.
“Britain’s young people are some of the hardest hit and we want to do our part, working closely with the government and our partners in giving them the opportunity to build their careers regardless of their background. Microsoft’s Britain Works is about providing a fair chance for all through access to skills, training and opportunities. This year we are adding to our programme and asking other businesses to make a commitment to help the most disadvantaged by offering new work experience places to the people who need them most.”
Government skills minister John Hayes said: "Work-based learning and training is vitally important in ensuring that we achieve a highly skilled and competent workforce. Microsoft's Britain Works campaign should be commended for its commitment to young people, offering them the opportunity to experience the world of work and gain useful skills at a business as world-renowned as Microsoft.
“This government believes that apprenticeships are a key component to up-skilling the workforce and are one of the best forms of work-based learning. They have proven benefits to both learners and their employers, and are key to securing this country's growth and success.”
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