Microsoft Young Britain Works is a dedicated scheme designed to give young people renewed hope and practical help in the form of IT training and work experience opportunities, along with other vital resources they need to secure that all important first job.
Last year, the scheme provided 150 placements in Microsoft’s offices in Reading and London, and, of the 92 who completed the placement, nearly half went on to find further opportunities in work, volunteering, apprenticeships or education.
Building on that success, we’ve recently launched two new programmes also aimed at helping even more people improve their skills and get back into work.
For example, we’ve started working with Help for Heroes, a charity formed to provide direct, practical support for those who have become wounded, injured or sick in the service of their country. Here, we are engaging with injured servicemen and women, to help them explore employment opportunities in the IT sector.
We’re also actively working with the Work Inspiration Programme which provides relevant education and training to young adults who are out of work. Through the well-established BT work experience scheme and Microsoft’s own Britain Works charity partners, we’ve recruited growing numbers of young, long-term unemployed adults who are able to benefit from job shadowing, seminars on the IT industry and the targeted assistance they need to get them back into work.
Microsoft believes passionately in inspiring the next generation of employees, and equipping with relevant skills to help them find rewarding work, because they are the people who will drive tomorrow’s economy. Our goal is to promote passion, ideas and innovation. After all, it’s true what they say about small acorns.
For more information about our work experience programmes, please visit the Britain Works Website.