Movement to Work is a voluntary collaboration of UK employers committed to providing long-term unemployed young people with valuable experience and vocational training to help them find employment.
During the four-week placement, participants spent two weeks working in the HR, Finance, Real Estate, Procurement and IT functions within BAE Systems’ Shared Services and Applied Intelligence businesses in Preston, getting hands-on work experience and an insight into what it’s like to work at the company. Participants got involved in a range of projects, providing administrative and customer service support to the business and its customers.
In addition to the two-week work placement at BAE Systems, the group spent two weeks working with The Launch Group and The Prince’s Trust, gaining valuable employability training including CV writing, interview skills and team-work.
Steve Fogg, Managing Director, BAE Systems Shared Services, who hosted the celebration event said:
“The Movement to Work scheme is a fantastic programme to be involved in. It gives young people not in education, employment or training an opportunity to get hands-on work experience and this, coupled with the employability skills training they receive during the placement, really helps them to secure future employment. It also helps us, as a business, to create a more diverse workforce for the future.”
Ahmed Mohammed, who participated in this year’s Movement to Work scheme, said:
“Being on the Movement to Work scheme has been a really positive experience. Everyone I worked with at BAE Systems was welcoming and I got involved in a range of projects that helped me to gain new skills. Also, the training from The Prince’s Trust and The Launch Group has helped to build my confidence in the workplace. I would recommend any young person struggling to find employment to take part in the scheme.”
BAE Systems has supported Movement to Work since 2014. The company’s Shared Services business has taken 35 young people through the scheme, 17 of whom are currently working in BAE Systems roles.
Overall, over 80 young people who have completed the Movement to Work programme are now employed by BAE Systems across the country. The company is planning to take 98 young people through the Movement to Work programme in 2017 and will be holding a further five programmes at its sites in Portsmouth, Glasgow, Preston, Rochester and Barrow-in-Furness.