Movement to work is a collaboration of UK employers, designed to provide work experience placements and employability skills training that helps 16 – 24 year olds get into work.
Are you searching for a job, but don’t know where to begin? Movement to Work can help you get experience to move onto the first rung of the ladder and take those first steps into a rewarding career in the industry of your choice.
What can I expect from a Movement to Work placement?
Take a look at the stories below to see some of the people we’ve already helped and the types of opportunities that you could be taking advantage of.
Stacy joined the first Learning for Life course organised by Diageo in Scotland, which aims to give young people essential skills and training to make a break in the world of bartending and hospitality.
During the six-week course, Stacy got to learn the essentials of bartending, customer service, teamwork, communications and CV preparation. She also teamed-up with a mentor from Diageo, who was able to provide her with ongoing assistance for the training and the job search process.
Highlights of the course? Learning how to make cocktails; a ‘live’ training exercise at the Corinthian bar in Glasgow, and visiting the Glenkinchie distillery to discover the process of making Scotch whisky.
At the end of the experience, Stacy said: “The course has opened up a lot of opportunities to me. I’ve learned new skills, achieved new qualifications and received great encouragement from the Learning for Life team.”
Stacy is now amongst the first trainees to have graduated from Learning For Life Bartender programme, and she would gladly recommend it to young people who have been struggling to make a first step in the world of work:
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for anyone who is young and unemployed and the practical advice and hands-on experience that I now have from working in a bar will hopefully help me to build a career in the hospitality industry.”
(Diageo Learning for Life contributes to the aspiration of Movement to Work to offer 100,000 vocational training opportunities for long-term unemployed young people, helping 50 per cent of these into work, education or training. All young people will be offered one-to-one support after the programme to help them progress in their career.)
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See Stacy and Ally in action and learn more about Diageo’s Learning for Life programme here.
I’d been unemployed for nearly a year, so when I heard about this course, I was really keen to apply.
I left school at 16, and went on to work in retail and customer services, but it was always hard to find something permanent. Before joining the course, I was applying for lots of jobs but never hearing anything back, which really knocked my confidence.
It feels almost impossible to find work at the moment, especially in London where so many people are applying for the same jobs.
Getting a place on The Prince’s Trust course with HSBC made me feel optimistic about finding work for the first time in ages.
When I heard I’d been accepted I felt really happy and excited – I know that lots of people applied so I was lucky to be given the opportunity.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and worried about how I’d fit in with the other people on the course. But even though we’re all different, we really come together as a group and everyone was so easy to get on with. We were learning a lot, but still having fun at the same time.
During the classroom training, we learnt lots of useful skills like how to manage our money and work together as a team. We’ve also learnt a lot about customer service skills and how to get better at applying for jobs.
After two weeks of training, we felt ready to start our work experience. But the training itself was so important – we weren’t just thrown in at the deep end and were given lots of support before we went into our branches.
I did my work placement at HSBC’s Holborn Circus branch. Everyone was so welcoming and I really got the chance to put the customer service skills I’d learnt into practice.
By the end of the work placement I really felt part of the team and I didn’t want to leave.
Luckily, I was offered an interview soon afterwards for a customer services role in the same branch.
It was daunting going in for the interview, but the fact that I’d already worked in the branch and knew all the people made such a difference.
When I heard I’d got the job I was, well, I don’t know how to put it into words! I was all over the place, just so happy and excited.
Getting this job means so much to me because it’s not just a job, it’s a career. HSBC is such a huge company and there are so many opportunities to move up within the bank.
Having a job means I will be able to develop my skills and start planning for the future. I’ll be able to start saving up to get my own place, and I won’t have to rely on benefits any more.
I can’t believe how much life has changed in just a couple of months. I feel so much more confident now, and people have been saying how happy I seem.
Javade was born in Guyana, South America, but when he was six years old his world was turned upside down when his mum moved to England to work as a nurse. Unable to go with her, he missed his mum terribly.
When he was eight years old, Javade was told he could come to London and moved in with his mum on an estate in Hackney. London felt very different and, although Javade enjoyed primary school, things started to go wrong when he was excluded towards the end of year six. Secondary school followed a similar pattern and he was moved to a pupil referral unit which he left without any qualifications.
Javade said: “It can be crazy on my estate and when you are young you end up following what you see. It felt like no one was coming to the estate who could help. I wanted to be like the older ones, they were my role models. However, as I got older myself and thought about the fact that I have a younger brother, I realized that I was his role model and that I needed to do something different.”
Javade managed to get a place at college to do a BTEC in sport. However, he struggled to find work and was unemployed for a year after his course.
He said: “I must have applied for over 100 jobs but in that entire time I only had three replies, none of which led to anything, which was frustrating. Other people think you aren’t doing anything but you are – you’re just not hearing back.”
Still living on the estate, but not wanting his life to be ruled by negative influences, it became increasingly important to Javade to find a job. As soon he heard about the Tesco and Prince’s Trust programme, run as part of Movement to Work, he decided to get involved.
To Javade, the programme represented a fresh start and, because he wanted this so badly, he remembers feeling nervous before it began. As soon as he started the programme, however, he loved it and feels like the whole experience helped him to become more confident.
He said: “My favourite bit of the programme was getting out on the shop floor, I will never forget that time, it was so enjoyable. I loved helping the customers, especially when I made them smile. All the staff at Tesco were brilliant and made me feel like I’d been there for years.”
Following the programme, Javade was delighted to learn that he’d secured a job at Tesco.
Javade said: “I’ve come from nothing and am surrounded by troubles everywhere. I wanted to get out and do the programme in the hope that I could make a new life for myself and earn my own money and look after my mum and my brother. I was over the moon to get the job – it’s my first ever job and I am determined to make a real go of it.
“Now that I have been given this opportunity, my plans for the future are to step up the gears at Tesco and hopefully become a Manager. To any other unemployed young people out there I would say get up and jump onto a programme like this, I would literally walk around shouting that from a microphone if I could because without support from Tesco and The Prince’s Trust, I would still be at home doing absolutely nothing, but now the world is my oyster.”
Hanna, who struggled to find a job for almost a year, is now a trainee Visual Merchandiser at M&S Omagh.
Hanna said: “The Make Your Mark programme has completely changed my expectations for the future. I have noticed such a change in myself. Finally there is a foundation to build from. I’ve found myself not only starting a job, but a career – something that I was beginning to think would be out of my reach. I can’t thank M&S and The Prince’s Trust enough.
Hanna had been living in Bristol for three years before returning home and finding herself unable to find a job.
Hanna said: “My confidence and optimism were at an all-time low. I had the ambition and enthusiasm to begin work and create a successful future, but no-one was giving me a chance.”
Around this time she heard about Make Your Mark and immediately decided to sign up.
“I couldn’t afford to go to University and couldn’t get a job because they all required experience, which I didn’t have. This seemed like the only way I could create a future for myself and it seemed like the perfect way to do it.”
Hanna started the four-week course in July with M&S Omagh and has now secured a part-time contract with the store.
Hanna said: “From day one I was treated as if I was just another member of the team. My buddy and coach, Michelle McCanny and Charlotte Caro, were so patient, easy going and willing to share knowledge. In the final week I worked with Charlotte who oversees the visual merchandise for the entire store and found myself in a role usually filled by those with stylist experience! I loved every second of it.”
Hanna said: “The position I find myself in now is employed in an area I thought was beyond my scope and proves that the only essential skill you must possess when presented with such an invaluable opportunity is that of a positive attitude.”
See M&S’s Make Your Mark video here to learn more about how M&S runs their Make Your Mark programme which forms part of Movement to Work.