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Welcome to the Movement to Work March Newsletter

Movement to Work (MtW) is a not-for-profit coalition of UK employers, youth-outreach organisations, training providers and government allies – all aiming to level the playing field for young age people aged 16-30 facing barriers to work.
See below for our latest updates!


A message from our CEO - Sam Olsen

Sam Olsen

Each year, Movement to Work hosts its annual CEO Summit, bringing together senior leaders from business, youth outreach, government and young people, to discuss the most pertinent issues of the day related to youth unemployment. The last CEO summit was held at a point in time when youth unemployment was at a historic low and yet, just a year on, our Summit in February 2021 responded to a radically different context that we never could have foreseen. Given the challenges posed by COVID-19, we hosted the event for the first time online but we were encouraged by the participation and enthusiasm across our network. We were inspired by the stories of young people who spoke boldly about their lived-experiences, and the dedication shown by our key speakers and special guests. We also took this opportunity to celebrate a big milestone for the charity - achieving over 100,000 youth work placements to date. However, this celebration was swiftly met with the call to achieve our next 100,000 faster and stronger than ever before. We are pleased to share the 2021 Movement to Work CEO Summit Insights and Impact Report HERE. We were so grateful for the level of engagement across social and digital media by the network - thank you for supporting us and, as ever, we welcome any further questions or feedback.

We also saw the release of the HM Treasury Budget on the 3rd March. Each time a new budget is announced we look at it through a business lens – searching for any policy or budget shifts that will encourage businesses to do more to combat youth unemployment. You can read my full response to the March budget HERE.

The media still talks about the risk of the lost generation – if we act now, boldly, this needn’t be the fate of our young people. We can do something about it. As leaders, we have a responsibility to be part of the solution and not the problem. We must continually challenge our organisations to recruit for potential rather than perfection and to remember to support the young people furthest from the workplace. These continue to be deeply challenging times for our young people, and so we must continue to do all we can to support them now more than ever.

Thank you for your support - Sam

Movement to Work reaches 100K placements!

What a journey. Take a look at this celebration video of the first 100,000 placements for MtW and please do share on your channels - many of our partners have been featured!

Promoting kickstart opportunities to young people with Get My First Job 
Movement to Work are delighted to share that our employer partners and Gateways in our network can now promote Kickstart opportunities on Get My First Job. To do this, you need to complete a form with the relevant information and then get it back to us so we can amplify the opportunity to young people. Young people will continue to pursue the opportunity through the DWP via their work coach, inspired by knowing what exciting roles are out there for them!

>>  Please direct any questions to
Supporting young people into and staying in work
There are a number of Government funded schemes to support people into and help them stay in work. Movement to Work can introduce you to the organisations offering these services. Current programmes include: Work and Health and JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support,) with Restart due to commence in the Summer of 2021.
>> For more information, click HERE

Kickstart your Kickstart Journey, Today.
Kickstart allows employers to provide a fully-funded six-month work experience programme for 16-24 year old’s. As the country looks to emerge from lockdown, it is timely to encourage employers to consider, or re-consider, engaging with the Government’s Kickstart scheme. Kickstart presents a wonderful opportunity for both young people most at risk of long-term unemployment to be supported, and businesses to supplement their existing youth programmes or take their first steps into the arena – diversifying their talent pipelines and developing their existing workforce. With the 30 placement threshold for direct engagement with the scheme now scrapped, there really is no better time to look closely at your organisation’s involvement. Movement to Work have produced a guide to the scheme which provides everything you need to know. 

>> To discuss how you can get involved, please email today.

Microsoft Connector Opportunities

Microsoft are connecting job seekers to partners & customers with digital apprenticeship opportunities through their 'Connector' partnership with Get My First Job. Each apprenticeship programme teaches skills with Microsoft technologies and works towards Microsoft certifications, as well as your apprenticeship qualification. 

>> For more information, click HERE

Bristol Ways2Work 

Ways2Work has been established by Bristol City Council to build a network of employment and training organisations to fill skills shortages in Bristol. Working with partner organisations, it ensures a joined up route to sustained careers for Bristol residents and a great recruitment channel for local employers to thrive. Ways2Work is about to launch 'One Front Door' to help job seekers source work whilst also building confidence, assertiveness and a positive self-image.

>> For more information, visit the Ways2Work website.

Mencap launches 'Employ Me London'

From April 2021 to June 2023, Mencap and a group of experienced partners will help support young people in London learn the skills they need to move into paid work. Participants will be aged between 16 and 24, live in a London borough, have a learning disability, difficulty or autism and not be in education, employment or training (NEET). Jointly funded by Greater London Authority and European Social Fund, this is a great opportunity to receive dedicated support and recruit young people. 

>>  For more information, please visit Mencap's website.


PeoplePlus Make Impact with NW Ambulance Service   

Approved MtW partner, PeoplePlus, has a vast geographical footprint, and over the last year, have adapted to delivering their programmes online. With a mission of ‘to make a direct difference to the lives of 1 million people by 2022’, they are well on their way, and have helped over 500,000 people since 2018. Recently, they supported 88 learners from the North West Ambulance Service to achieve their Functional Skills Maths and English qualifications which were needed to progress their careers within the Ambulance Service.

>>  To find out more about how PeoplePlus can support you or your business through fully funded training, email .

Unilever Hosts Virtual Insight Week

Earlier this month, Unilever UK & Ireland hosted a virtual insight week as part of their Movement To Work programme, partnering with their local Job Centre teams to support young people in developing their skills and building their confidence to take the next steps in gaining employment. Unilever is now offering those who attended an opportunity to be connected with a mentor to continue to build on the skills shared throughout the sessions. Unilever hope to expand this programme of activity with more Job Centres across the UK.

 West Midlands - Young people launch a vision for the future of the region

The Young Combined Authority (YCA) has identified seven priority areas they believe are essential to help the West Midlands recover from the effects of the pandemic; culture and major events, skills, digital, environment, transport, housing and regeneration, and inclusive communities and wellbeing.

One ask - ‘Strengthen the connections between young people and industry’ - relates directly to what we do at Movement to Work. We will continue to collaborate with WMCA and our partners across the region to make this happen!

>>  To read the vision and priorities report in full, click HERE.

One Million Mentors is expanding! 

One Million Mentors, in partnership with its sister charity UpRising, have been awarded a large grant from Youth Futures Foundation to provide 400 young people (aged 18 to 25 years old) with a wrap around virtual support package of employability training and mentoring.

They will soon be looking to recruit mentors and young people from Greater Manchester, West Midlands and East London to join this programme.

>>  If you are interested, or you know a young person who could benefit from employability and mentoring support, please email

London Progression Collaboration (LPC) - Reskilling the Recovery

LPC's 'Reskilling the Recovery' has attracted over £4 million of levy underspend and supported 240 apprenticeships in small businesses. LPC seek further levy underspend to support more SME's offer apprenticeships in their region. Priority areas are health & social care, construction and hospitality. The LPC team work to make the levy transfer process as straightforward as possible, with end-to-end support.

>>  Please contact for more details.


DWP delivers successful virtual opportunities 

Movement to Work opportunities in DWP are now being delivered virtually with Participants dialling into sessions using their personal mobile phones. Additionally, the department is also testing video conferencing capability using MS Teams as an alternative method of delivery. Feedback for both methods of delivery has been very positive, from both Participants and Participant Mangers alike.

Because of its success to date, the virtual delivery of MtW across the department is likely to be above the 808 participant target. So far in 2021, 163 Participants have started a placement, and of these, 101 have now completed their programme.

'Mentor Me' with The Youth Group

This year, The Youth Group are planning to support 100,000 young people through their 'Mentor Me' programme and are looking for new mentors to get involved and sign up to be a mentor. As a mentor you'll be supporting young people with CV support and interview prep, tailored career advice based on interest, guidance for their career journey and more. Sessions are conducted virtually and last from 15-45 mins.

>>  Click HERE to find out more and sign up to get involved!


Get 'Youth Verified' with The Youth Group!

Would your business like to become 'Youth Verified' through The Youth Group? Youth Verified™ is a trademark status that reassures a young person that a verified company understands the issues youth currently face and is working with them to build a brighter, more sustainable future for youth opportunities.

>>  Find out more by visiting The Youth Group's website.

Amazon Web Services' Re/Start Programme

Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their FREE 12 week Re/Start program delivered by Primed Talent Limited, TechTalent Academy, In-Four Group and Dev Ops Academy and learn cloud coding skills as well as preparation for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification. Programs are currently available for application across the UK. 

>>  For more information, visit the Movement to Work Talent Platform!

New Apprenticeship for Employability Practitioners

The Forward Trust and the Institute of Employability Professionals launch the Employability Practitioner Standard (Level 4) programme to help upskill professionals working in the employability sector.  This 24-month apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are working in the public, private or charitable sector delivering employability support. It will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to help individuals secure suitable and sustainable employment. 

>>  For more information, read the Forward Trust's information leaflet HERE.

Change the story for young people 

Working Options in Education is an employability and life skills charity that has been helping young people to aim high and fulfil their potential since 2010. Its Career Pathway Programme is delivered free in state schools, colleges and online by industry volunteers and prioritises the most disadvantaged regions of the country. They give students (aged 14-19) the tools they need to build confidence and make the steps required, whilst creating meaningful pathways into job and career opportunities.

Young people are facing a crisis in education, in employment prospects and in acquiring the skills and capabilities they need for their future. Help change the story. Become a supporter or partner. 

>>  For more information: 

Catch22 Webinar - Building Back Better: What's Best for Business? 

Join Catch22 at 14:00 on March 25th as they take a look at the different pre-employment and employment schemes available, and hear first-hand from people who have chosen these paths to move into work, and from employers who are actively looking for candidates to fill roles. The session will include speakers from Youth Employment UK, the Federation of Small Businesses and Movement to Work's very own Sam Olsen.

>> Click HERE to register.

Join The Prince's Trust to discuss 'Kickstart: Quality Matters'

The Prince's Trust are offering support for organisations interested in the Government's Kickstart Scheme. They are providing wraparound support including workshops, onboarding, ongoing guidance and post-placement support to help deliver a quality experience for young people. 

To hear more about the offer, join The Prince's Trust at their 'Kickstart: Quality Matters' information event on 30th March at 08:30-09:30, with speakers including Mims Davies, Minister for Employment, and Movement to Work's Chief Operating Officer, Dal Channa.

>> For more information, and to register for the event, click HERE.

Addressing youth unemployment with EmployabilityUK and a Kickstart placement

EmployabilityUK are hosting a virtual Information Day at 12:00 on 26th March, to help employers understand the Kickstart scheme. Together with a representative from DWP, will be available to talk through the scheme, the application process and businesses will have the opportunity to ask questions.

>> To register for the event, click HERE. For more information about how EmployabiltyUK can support you, please email kickstart@employabilityuk or call 0345 601 5551.

Generation's Customer Support Programme

Generation's Customer Support Programme will run in London (remotely) for 5 weeks, full-time from 10th May, open to people aged 18-29 who are not in work or education. This is a great opportunity to learn the skills, mindsets and behaviours to speak and support customers over phone, email, webchat and social media. Applications are open until 26th March.

>> For more information, visit Generation's website HERE.

Spotlight Talks from WorldSkillsUK

WorldsSkillsUK's Spotlight Talks bring together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire young people, from all walks of life, to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. Taking place from 09:00- 12:00 on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March 2021, the event is free to join.  Participating in WorldSkills UK’s Spotlight Talks supports schools and FE Colleges in meeting the requirements of the DfE’s 2017 Careers Strategy. 

>> Find more information on WorldSkillsUK's website


Movement to Work is pleased to announce the new partners and employers that have signed up to join the fight against youth unemployment! For more information, please contact

The Youth Group

The Youth Group is a youth first business that provides young people with the tools they really need to get ahead and grow in work. They also help enterprise, government and education to engage, recruit and support youth.

Suited for Success

Suited for Success helps unemployed people prepare to regain employment through the provision of one-to-one interview coaching, employment skills and FREE interview clothing to make that crucial positive first impression in a job interview.    

Just Straight Talk

Just Straight Talk is a community project that supports people by providing the practical help and motivation they need to turn their lives around and reach their life goals. Working with a bespoke package of support, Just Straight Talk helps people to lead better lives and reach goals and ambitions from housing and health to employment, training and education.

Let Me Play

Let Me Play a group of companies with a collective mission to inspire ambition, provide opportunities and support social change across the UK. The focus is on education and social impact: working together to bring about positive and sustainable development.

Recruiting MtW Youth Ambassadors

Since 2020, young people from across our network who are interested in being the youth voice of Movement to Work have been inspiring employers, young people, and society at large to help #YoungPeopleWork. If you or someone you know wants to get involved, please register interest online HERE.

>> For more information please contact

Movement to Work welcomes a new team member!

Davy joins the Movement on secondment from the Civil Service. As the Team Coordinator, he will be supporting operations and project management. Prior to this, Davy worked as a policy and strategy advisor in the Cabinet Office and has also previously undertaken several roles in the Department for Work and Pensions.  Davy is delighted to have the opportunity to work in the charity sector, particularly with Movement to Work, on projects with strong social benefits.

In his spare time, Davy enjoys football and classic comedy shows. 

Welcome Davy!

Thanks for reading!

Movement to Work team