Published on November 13, 2012 | by Daniel Brown

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Microsoft pledges to tackle youth unemployment

A young man sitting in front of a computer

Microsoft hope to tackle unemployment through new apprenticeships [Oliver Creamer]

Microsoft has launched a new programme offering 16-24 year olds an opportunity to learn computer skills in a bid to help tackle unemployment in the United Kingdom.

With youth unemployment figures currently at 1.02 million in the UK, the ‘Get On’ initiative aims to provide 300,000 young adults with an improved computer-based skill set to enhance their career prospects.

Pre-apprenticeship training will be given to 10,000 participants to specifically help them complete five GCSEs, which will make them eligible to join job training schemes.

Microsoft has also pledged to create 4,000 apprenticeships, as well as create 1,000 graduate jobs through its supply chain.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, explained the importance of the programme, saying:

“In these difficult economic times, the best investment we can make is in our young people, to help them develop the skills and creativity they need to create our economic and social future.”

Microsoft volunteers and youth employability organisations will work together to provide young adults with inspiration sessions to improve their confidence about entering the world of work.

The computer company has also setup a partnership with leading national youth development charity, UK Youth, to create opportunities within local youth clubs for people to become peer educators in their communities.

The company’s ‘Students to Business’ initiative within the new campaign, offers university graduates a direct route from education to Microsoft partnerships.

“To succeed in the global race, and boost the UK economy, it is vital that we give young people every opportunity to work hard and get on in life.” David Cameron

This programme provides graduates with jobs or internships within the technology industry and Microsoft’s community of 30,000 partners, which employs more than 500,000 people in the UK.

The launch of the programme coincides with Ballmer meeting Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss how the company can work even closer with the government to help provide the UK with a skilled workforce for the future.

Cameron said: “To succeed in the global race, and boost the UK economy, it is vital that we give young people every opportunity to work hard and get on in life.

“Microsoft’s ‘Get On’ campaign is exactly the kind of support we need from business to inspire, provide skills, and create meaningful opportunities in the industries that will drive our economy forward in the future.”

 

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