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 more than 155,000 opportunities to date, 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, IBM, Marks and Spencer, Marriott International, NHS, Tesco, Unilever , 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 Champion?
A Youth Champion is someone who has:
- Has successfully been a Movement to Work Youth Ambassador for 12+ months
- Is still employed and ready to progress their commitment to Movement to Work and its aims
How is this different from a youth ambassador?
After 12 months of being a Youth Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to discuss progressing into Youth Champion status. With our support, this will be the chance to further hone your skills and shout even louder and prouder about youth employment.
Alongside proudly representing your employer at major 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.
Please note that the role of MtW Youth Champion 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 i.e. taking on supporting roles such as hosting, speaking, presenting and ‘meet & greet’ etc
- Be a role model for Movement to Work within your organisation via internal and external company channels
- To raise awareness of Movement to Work by sharing the charity’s activity on social media (i.e. events, news, opportunities)
- To support our annual Youth Summit, usually held in Q3 each year playing an active role in the day, such as being a panellist or table lead
- To support our flagship ‘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)
- Making connections with Movement to Work, HR & Talent acquisition colleagues in your organisation and encouraging continued progress
- Help facilitate training for newly onboarded Youth Ambassadors, with the potential to buddy up
- Supporting young people coming through Movement to Work programmes and becoming an inspirational mentor
- If aged 18-24, option to register with Youth Employment UK as a Youth Ambassador to further develop yourself professionally
- 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 Champion will be reviewed by the Movement to Work team
What happens next?
- Register your interest via the form at the bottom of this page!
- 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 – don’t miss an opportunity to shine!
- Follow us on social media Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – @MovementtoWork