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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