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 137,000 work placements 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, HSBC, IBM, Marks and Spencer, Marriott International, NHS, Tesco, Unilever and Wates, 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 relevant 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 training that will boost your skillset and career development through our partnership with Youth Employment UK.
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 where needed by adding the youth voice of a newly employed/recently unemployed young person
- To be a role model for Movement to Work within your organisation
- To raise awareness by sharing Movement to Work activity on social media (i.e. events, news, opportunities)
- To attend meetings with other youth ambassadors to feedback on Movement to Work (i.e. review our strategy, delivery and how we represent young people). Main meetings will be quarterly (four times a year, at intervals of three months) and the main annual event is the ‘Youth Summit’ usually held in November each year. You may also be required to support our flagship event the ‘CEO Summit‘ and ‘Youth Employability Awards‘ usually held between February and 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)
- Consider working with a mentor to support your development at work and as an ambassador
- To register with Youth Employment UK as the overarching organisation that supports our youth ambassador programme
- 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?
- Complete the MtW youth ambassador application form
- Complete the Youth Employment UK application form (remember to tick that you are from Movement to Work!)
- 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 and Youth Employment UK – don’t miss an opportunity to shine!
- Follow us on social media Instagram @MovementtoWork Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
As part of the sign up process, you will give permission for Movement to Work to retain information given via the sign up form for purposes related to your involvement in the Youth Ambassador Programme.
If for any reason you wish to no longer be an ambassador, your details will be removed.
Tor read our full data privacy statement please see here.