Movement to Work offers unemployed young people opportunities to build skills and confidence to find a job

Movement to Work is a registered charity and voluntary collaboration of UK employers committed to tackling youth unemployment through provision of high quality work experience and vocational training opportunities for young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Youth unemployment is a persistent social and economic issue in the UK that no business can afford to ignore.

The issue


There are 800,000 young people in the UK who are not in education, employment or training1


53% of young people who are not in education, employment or training for more than a year feel they have been permanently left behind in life2


These young people are more than twice as likely to feel unable to cope as their peers2


Almost half of unemployed young people feel down or depressed ‘always’ or ‘often’2


Over the next decade youth unemployment could cost the UK an estimated £28 billion3

Sources: 1 Office of National Statistics, 16-24 year olds that are NEET, May 2017 │ 2 The Prince’s Trust │ 3 Acevo Commission on Youth Unemployment

Our Objectives


Support at scale for young people, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job


Support 50% of young people completing placements into paid employment, apprenticeships or further study


Engage with commercial networks (suppliers, partners and other business relationships) to create combined impact


Engage with government, trade unions, third sector organisations and others to raise the Movement’s profile and expand impact on young people

How does it work?

Through the network of Movement to Work employers, young people are offered structured, high quality work experience placements and employability training, providing them with the experience, skills and confidence to find a job. Participating employers will, where possible, link placements to jobs or apprenticeships.

There are 2 main commitments for employers joining Movement to Work:


Employers create work experience and vocational training placements for unemployed young people between (16-24 years of age), particularly those who have been out of work, education or training for some time.

Placements will:

  • Be a minimum of two weeks of work experience (typically 4-6 weeks long)
  • Provide vocational training and employability skills training
  • Be linked to jobs (where possible) including apprenticeships, to meet Movement to Work’s aim of 50% of the young people completing placements getting jobs or starting further study or training
  • Include support for job search during and/or after placements.

Employers engage their own supply chains and business networks, asking those employers to make the same commitment, helping Movement to Work to grow and helping even more young people to find jobs.

What is our impact to date?

The Movement was established in 2013 to help young people break the unemployment cycle by offering meaningful work placements providing them the opportunity to develop their skills, experience and confidence. We are proud of the impact we have made to the young people in the UK.

2015/16 Impact Report

Thinking of joining the Movement?

Movement to Work aims to be a nationwide Movement encompassing businesses big and small across all sectors.