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Glasgow companies help tackle youth unemployment

Glasgow Movement to Work Celebratory Event

BAE Systems, Street League and Skills Development Scotland have hosted a celebratory event at Glasgow Warriors Stadium for a third cohort of 12 young people aged 16-24 who have successfully completed work experience under the ‘Movement to Work’ programme.

The young people worked in warehousing, materials management and administration across Central Scotland at employers including Arnold Clark, Aerius Marine, CBI Scotland, FES, Forrest Furnishing, Keyline, Light on the Path, and Righton Ltd.
 
BAE Systems has been working to encourage its suppliers and local businesses to get involved in Movement to Work which aims to get thousands of unemployed young people into work, training or education by offering work experience placements. Movement to Work is part of a voluntary collaboration of employers, from a range of industry sectors across the UK, working together to tackle the issue of youth unemployment.
 
Ben Leil, Supply Chain Director – Naval Ships, BAE Systems said: “Long term unemployment can have a devastating impact on young people making it even harder for them to succeed. We are committed to making a difference for young people through our participation in Movement to Work and I’m delighted that we are actively supporting this important programme.  Working with local Glasgow-based companies, we hope the programme will to continue to flourish and help even more young people across the UK in the years to come.”
 
Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland Director, said: “Tackling youth unemployment requires coordination and commitment. By offering high quality vocational training and work placements companies can help young people develop the confidence and skills they need to find a rewarding career.
 
"Schemes like Movement to Work help businesses to boost inclusion by creating more and better opportunities for young people, which is the right thing to do but is also of vital importance to our future economy."
 
Street League, the delivery partner for this cohort, ran the 12 week programme which consisted of eight weeks in of classroom-based skills and employability training, with two to four weeks of work experience with the employers thereafter. This is the third such cohort which has seen six permanent job offers, one temporary role and one young adult has been accepted to college to date.
 
Since 2015 over 30 young adults have completed Movement to Work placements at BAE Systems Naval Ships in Glasgow.
 
Notes to editors:
  • BAE Sysems has supported Movement to Work since 2014. Over 80 young people who have completed the programme are now employed by BAE Systems across the country.
  • BAE Systems’ Chief Executive, Ian King, is a member of the Movement to Work Steering Group.
  • BAE Systems has recruited 43 companies from its supply chain, who have successfully provided over 200 further placements to young unemployed individuals under the Movement to Work programme.
  • BAE Systems is planning to take 98 young people through the Movement to Work programme in 2017 with programmes across its sites in Portsmouth, Glasgow, Preston, Rochester and Barrow-in-Furness.
 
About Movement to Work:
  • Movement to Work aims to provide vocational training and work experience opportunities to thousands of unemployed young people, helping many of them into work, education or training. For more details on the movement, visit www.movementtowork.com
  • Movement to Work consists of over 280 UK employers who have collectively provided over 55,000 placements to date with 54% of those completing placements going on to employment, training or further education.
  • Moving forward into 2017, Movement to Work aims to maintain momentum and deliver on its ambitious growth agenda, to offer placements to 100,000 young people by the end of 2018.  In order to do this we are looking for more employers throughout the UK to get involved. Whether you aim build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, create a sustainable talent pipeline and or just offer the opportunity to give back to young people in the local community, we would encourage you to be part of Movement to Work.
  • To find out more, please contact info@movementtowork.com