What is Movement to Work?
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 people aged 16-30 facing barriers to work. MtW works with employers to design and implement brilliant work experience and vocational solutions for their organisation, either in-house or through one of our recommended training providers. Whilst people might not always see our brand front and centre, MtW has helped deliver over 140,000 work placements since 2013, working with employers to break the dreaded cycle of ‘no experience, no job’ that so many young people face.
MtW’s employer members include Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Salesforce, Centrica, the Department for Work and Pensions, Diageo, IBM, Marks and Spencer, Marriott International, NHS, Tesco, Unilever, amongst many others.
Why youth voice matters
For us to ensure that we can offer good advice to employers and help deliver high quality programmes – we need to understand the lived experiences of young people. MtW is committed to working with young people to put their real-world insight at the heart of our strategy.
What is a Youth Ambassador?
A Youth Ambassador is someone who has been through a Movement to Work programme, is now employed but in the early stages of their career journey. Alongside proudly representing your employer at major events, you will fulfil a key role in adding your unique voice to the Movement to Work story, to ensure that we learn from your real-life experiences and inspire more people to overcome barriers to work.
As part of the MtW Youth Ambassador programme you will be given a platform to share your insights, and receive support and opportunities that will boost your skills and career development.
Please note that the role of MtW Youth Ambassador is voluntary and unpaid, although there might be occasions where you can seek financial support for your involvement in the form of travel expense reimbursements.
Age range to be considered for the role is typically 18-29.
Roles and responsibilities
- To support Movement to Work at events by adding the voice of a newly employed/recently unemployed young person
- To be a role model and ambassador for Movement to Work within your organisation
- To raise awareness of Movement to Work by sharing the charity’s activity on social media (i.e. events, news, opportunities)
- To attend our annual event for young people – the Youth Summit, usually held in Q3 each year
- To attend our flagship ‘CEO Summit’ and ‘Youth Employability Awards’, usually held between February to April annually
- To seize opportunities to represent your organisation and Movement to Work via PR activity (i.e. Television, radio, social, video, photography, digital and traditional media)
- To provide a case study of your experiences of taking part in a Movement to Work programme to be displayed on the Movement to Work website
- Consider working with a mentor to support your development at work and as an ambassador
- If aged 18-24, option to register with Youth Employment UK as a Youth Ambassador to further develop yourself professionally
- Seek the permission and support of your line manager and share details of all Movement to Work meetings, events and commitments for approval
- Upon sign up, you make a commitment to the MtW Youth Ambassador programme which will be reviewed annually
- If you leave your current employer – please let us know and your role as an Youth Ambassador will be reviewed by the Movement to Work team
What happens next?
- Register your interest via the form at the bottom of this page!
- Ensure you have discussed this with your line manager and have permission to get involved
- Keep your eyes peeled for emails and updates direct from the Movement to Work team – don’t miss an opportunity to shine!
- Follow us on social media Instagram,Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – @MovementtoWork