MARKS & SPENCER TO LAUNCH NEW SLAVE LABOUR YOUTH UNPAID WORK SCHEME
Marks & Spencer to launch youth jobs scheme
Kamal Ahmed By Kamal Ahmed9:00PM BST 29 Jun 2013Comments5 Comments
The new project will see the retailer offer the month-long attachments with a view to giving 16 to 24-year-olds training on the job as well as opportunity to work for M&S full time once the placement is complete.
Although the placements are unpaid, M&S insists that such schemes are the best way to help young people back into work.
Writing in today’s The Sunday Telegraph, Marc Bolland, M&S’s chief executive, said: “Youth unemployment has become one of the UK’s most pressing social issues. It is at record levels, with one-in-five 16 to 24-year-olds struggling to find a job.
“Although many good employment schemes and initiatives exist, in which we at M&S also participate, we want to find a way to accelerate the solution.
“Therefore, M&S is launching a new youth employability scheme – Make Your Mark – which will see us set aside 1,400 new, one-month placements for young people in our stores, equal to 2pc of our 70,000-strong British workforce.
“We’re partnering with the UK’s leading youth charity, the Prince’s Trust, to help create and deliver a programme designed to address the skills and experience gap that prevents young people from finding work.”
Mr Bolland called on other businesses, large and small, to commit to offering placements to young people equivalent to 2pc of its overall headcount.
The 1,400 figure is equal to an eight-fold increase in the number of placements M&S offers. Career coaches will help the young unemployed people with their training.