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July 2020 Newsletter

Movement to Work is here to help you emerge stronger

A message from our Interim CEO Dal Channa

Back in May, after a few weeks taking stock of the problems and solutions across our network of employers, youth outreach organisations, research experts and government allies, we launched our Emerge Stronger campaign. We put forward three core initiatives: Young People First. Be Accessible, Go Digital. Support and Empower. Since then, With these ambitions front of mind, we have been busy progressing a range of new activity from our first virtual MtW Forum bringing together over 150 people from 95 different organisations, to the innovative launch of our Impact Map, hosting our first MtW Youth Ambassador meeting, and providing our network with a free Virtual Work Experience Toolkit to support them into BAU (evermore!) online. We have also been actively using our voice to raise awareness in circles of influence, making U.K. leaders aware of the problems and solutions, and we are encouraged by the recent and substantial announcements from the Chancellor of the Exchequer around enabling youth employment. We look forward to working with the government to understand in more detail how employers can use these schemes to support young people into employment.

With your support and guidance, we will continue to pursue our aims and help young people – as now more than ever, they need us to advocate for them. So please take a look at our Emerge Stronger page, where you’ll find more information around the campaign and how you can get involved.

For the latest news and updates please join our social media community on LinkedIn, Twitterand Instagram @MovementtoWork #YoungPeopleWork.

Finally, as ever, a huge thank you to all of YOU for your ongoing support, together we will continue to help more #YoungPeopleWork and help them to forge brighter futures and happier lives.

Movement to Work has Online Forum Success! 

On Tuesday 30th June 2020 Movement to Work hosted its first in a series of online forums. Divided into three sections, Insight, Impact and Inspire, we explored how different innovative organisations have adapted to COVID-19.

Attended by over 150 people comprising of 95 organisations, we enjoyed insightful discussions about how we are all adapting following COVID-19, the impact on young people and the road ahead. There was a lot of chatter and questions in the Q&A chat and a reminder that we will be sending out a compilation of all of the questions posed and our responses in the coming days. For those who missed the Forum, a recording of the session will also be shared shortly.

Thanks again to all of our amazing contributors and attendees, we look forward to seeing you at the next Forum! If you have any further feedback on the session or would like to be part of a future Forum, please get in touch with


“Excellent! Great presentation format. Great ideas to take away on how we can do things differently and adapt to new ways of working.”


Movement to Work welcomes the substantial measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to support everyone, particularly those who are just beginning their careers, into quality work.

We think that the most significant measures for Movement to Work members and partners include:
· Kickstart Scheme
· Sector Based Work Academies
· Apprenticeships

We welcome these new steps to respond to the damage done to youth employment during the pandemic and are keen to work with the government to understand in more detail how employers can use these schemes to support young people into employment.

Join us. Reach out to so we can get the country back to work. Together.

Read more here

Join MtW for a Virtual Coffee!

Support and empower is a key part of our ‘Emerge Stronger’ COVID-19 campaign, for the young people we champion AND the employers we serve. We’ve been hosting a series of closed-door ‘Virtual Coffee’ sessions, inviting our employer partners to join together in an informal way to discuss current issues, challenges and best practice. Hosted by our very own Simon Beckman, the relaxed 60-minute conversation focuses around your needs as an employer in today’s climate. To register interest contact:

YOU can Reskill the Recovery with the London Progression Collaboration

The LPC are calling on London’s large employers to pledge unspent apprenticeship levy funds to Reskilling the Recovery, to support the recovery of SMEs from the COVID-19 crisis. By pledging unspent apprenticeship levy funds to Reskilling the Recovery, large businesses can cover the costs of apprenticeship training for SMEs, enabling them to take on and train new staff or upskill existing team members for the challenge ahead. With all businesses keeping a careful watch on their bottom line, the campaign is not asking for cash, but rather for businesses to pledge some of their unspent apprenticeship levy to support SMEs.

Find out how you can be involved here!

Support NEET young people with learning difficulties into work with MenCap

Mencap is tendering for a large contract with the Greater London Authority to help NEET young people with learning disabilities or difficulties into work. They are keen to identify organisations that would be willing to commit to exploring opportunities should they win the bid. If your organisation could offer work experience, job opportunities or could support the programme in other ways, please get in touch with

If you would like to find out more please contact  

The Sage Foundation offers FREE Social Media training

Sage Foundation would like to offer our charity partners in the Movement to Work network the opportunity to build and learn social media skills using their new e-learning module. It’s a FREE resource, in workshop form, takes approximately 2 hours to complete and will walk you through step by step what you need to have a successful social media campaign. You can find the module here and they’d love to find out what you think, how it’s benefited your charity or if there’s any areas for improvement.

Please provide any feedback by simply emailing

The British Council offers Webinar to enhance employment opportunities

Movement to Work has recently been speaking with the British Council (BC) regarding their international programme to support young people by learning more about and embracing different cultures and communities. The BC believes all children and young people need diverse connections and skills, both within their communities and internationally, to build a better future for themselves and for the UK. Further information can be found at this link, .

The BC has organised a webinar to be held on Monday, 20th July between 11:00 – 13:00.  Amongst other points of discussion, the webinar will cover the below and BC would welcome participation from employers to hear their views.

Strengthening connections with employers and business to enhance employment opportunities:

  • What are businesses priorities and how can BC adapt language and ‘pitch’ to build a menu offer to support young people
  • Explore community libraries as a major platform for employment opportunities or linking to business
  • Career services’ links to business
  • Exploring Local Authority’s connections to local businesses

To learn more please contact 

Young People can now get Health and Social Care career support from home!

The Prince’s Trust is proud to be partnering with the Department of Health and Social Care to help young people get into Health and Social Care. They currently offer two courses and mentoring support. The latest Get Started – Virtual ‘GET HIRED’ training is a 2-3 day course, designed for those who feel ready to start working now. You’ll learn about the Health and Social Care sector including the types of roles available and career options. Young people will also be helped with job interview preparation by being given guidance for online interviews and find out the most common interview questions for the sector. Finally, Prince’s Trust will help set up interviews with employers who have live vacancies so you’re ready to go! Find out more and where to apply HERE

Do you know someone who wants to be a Movement to Work Youth Ambassador? 

The Movement to Work Youth Ambassador Programme launched last month with a brilliant cohort of young people who have been through a Movement to Work related programme. The young people within this community are committed to inspiring more young people. Ideas and experiences were shared and now the Youth Ambassador’s are leading the way through 4 key working groups: Mentoring, Going back to communities, Social Media and Government Relations.

If you or someone you know is passionate about helping other young people overcome barriers to work we would LOVE to welcome you! Please get in touch at

May 2020 Newsletter

Movement to Work stands by you as we face the challenge of COVID-19 together.

We believe in young people and how positive encounters with work can change their lives for the better. Now more than ever. 
See below for our latest updates!


In the coming weeks and months, we will be providing practical and accessible support to businesses by sharing thoughts on how we can still tackle youth unemployment on our MtW COVID-19 Response page. We’ve been collating the innovative ways in which our partner network, across businesses, training providers and youth outreach organisations, are adapting to the crisis and will continue to share these with you.

We have been keeping a close eye on emerging research, showing both the effect on young people and their livelihoods. We are already seeing that young people will be amongst the worst off as a result of the crisis, and yet they could potentially be the best demographic to re-build the workforce. To find out what we’re seeing in the research to date head to our MtW COVID-19 Research page.

Please keep in touch!
Let us know what new measures, products and services you’re putting in place, and if you have any problems you need help solving. We are here to help. By brainstorming and sharing best practices, we can all be as efficient and effective as possible.

MtW launch official COVID-19 response

IYoung People First. Be accessible, go digital. Support and empower.
Movement to Work has today launched 3 core initiatives to ensure we can all emerge stronger following the challenges posed by COVID-19. 
Please get involved. 
Now, more than ever, we need to provide young people with the support to thrive at work and acknowledge their vital role in our economic recovery. To read our full response, get the comms kit and to find out how to get involved, see HERE


Movement to Work Forums – ONLINE!
Commencing Tuesday 30th June 2020, MtW will be hosting a regular series of online forums. This first forum will ask: In a world challenged by COVID-19, what does the ‘new normal’ look like for young people seeking work, and how can we all help? Divided into three sections, Insight, Impact and Inspire these will be informative sessions with contributions from research experts, businesses, charities, youth outreach organisations and training providers across our network. Join us as we explore how we’re all adapting following COVID-19, the impact on young people, and the road ahead. We’ll be sharing and learning best practice across the Movement to continue to help #YoungPeopleWork. 

 >> To register interest please sign up HERE. 
Movement to Work Virtual Coffee Catch Up – ONLINE!
Movement to Work has been listening to what you’ve told us would be beneficial to you, during these testing times. As such, we will be hosting a series of ‘virtual coffee’ sessions, starting later this month, and inviting our partners to join together in an informal way to discuss current issues, challenges and best practice. The initial session will be chaired by MtW and will be a relaxed 45-minute conversation focussing around your needs as an employer in today’s climate. 
>> To register interest please contact
Movement to Work Virtual Careers Fair – ONLINE!
Movement to Work aims to pilot a series of virtual careers fairs that allow employers to signpost their upcoming opportunities directly to young people. The sessions will consist of short employer presentations followed by live, anonymous Q&A via a digital platform. Opportunities will be amplified via both digital and social channels, and by local government, job centres and youth outreach organisations. We are looking for employers to pilot the scheme to explore if this is a beneficial and viable option for young people and businesses during this time and beyond. The timescale is flexible and dependent on recruitment need, so please do get in contact if this would be of value in the short-, medium- or long-term.  
>> To register interest please contact

Movement to Work collaborate with GetMyFirstJob to advertise paid opportunities free of charge
GetMyFirstJob is a very popular UK site for young people exploring and applying for employment and work experience opportunities. Previously, Movement to Work would only promote unpaid opportunities through GetMyFirstJob. However, due to recent challenges presented by COVID-19, paid opportunities are now able to be advertised free of charge for Movement to Work members. If you would like to find out more or have any suitable opportunities to share please do not hesitate to get in touch at  To get your opportunities onto the platform:

  • Download the placement template
  • Complete the template with information, placement dates and your contact details and send it to:
  • Respond to all applications within 48 hours.

>> For more information please contact  

Introducing the new MtW Impact Tool in partnership with JP Morgan Chase
This new tool helps Movement to Work employers and partners learn more about the areas where they work.  It shows:

  • The claimant count for 18-29-year-olds by ward, with high numbers of claimants shown in red. 
  • Recent Movement to Work placement opportunities.
  • Location data for Movement to Work partners.

We’ve built the map in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, through their Force for Good programme. The map is a work in progress. We have an extensive feature list to implement over the next few weeks.  We’d welcome your feedback on how we can use the new map to support and prioritise our work together to ensure young people find help and opportunities to thrive at work.

>>  For more information please contact 


Launching the MtW Ambassador Programme
Over the last 6 months, young people from across our network have been coming forward who have shown an interest in being the youth voice of Movement to Work, inspiring employers, young people, and society at large to help #YoungPeopleWork. The inaugural virtual ‘meet up’ of our ambassadors is now set Wednesday 20th May during which they will be brainstorming how best to formally launch the MtW Youth Ambassador project. If you or someone you know wants to get involved, please register interest online HERE.

>> For more information please contact

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