YHA to partner with youth work placement charity

The youth charity YHA (England & Wales) will partner with UK work-placement charity, Movement to Work (MtW), to provide work placements and other job opportunities for young people.

YHA already provides work placements through its network of 153 youth hostels and head office in Matlock, Derbyshire, but wants to widen its reach and have greater impact by using MtW’s network to share experience and best practice.

Through MtW, YHA aims to provide around 80 placements each year across its administrative functions and hostels. Many of these will lead to jobs within YHA. Where positions are not available, the experience and training will help young people find employment elsewhere.

MtW is a collaboration of UK employers which tackle long-term youth unemployment through high-quality work experience and other opportunities.

80,000 work placements have been made possible by employers, charities and government working together through MtW; 50% of those completing placements have taken up meaningful careers or gone back into education.

MtW’s employer members include Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, BUPA, Centrica, the Department for Work and Pensions, Diageo, HSBC, Marks and Spencer, Marriott International, NHS, Tesco, Unilever and Wates, amongst others

James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England & Wales) said: ‘For nearly 90 years YHA has been committed to transforming young lives, whether it’s the lives of those who stay with us or work for us. But there are many young people who face particular challenges to getting jobs and it is absolutely key that society strives for new ways to support them into secure careers.

‘Through YHA and Movement to Work placements they can build ambition, have a more positive outlook and show their true talent.

‘We feel passionately about being part of the vision for civil society. By partnering with MtW we can help unemployed young people gain meaningful work experience and training that will help them rewrite a better future for themselves.’

Photo Credit – YHA

Thomas Barrett
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