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Number 10 hails Microsoft's Britain Works campaign

by LLB Reporter
13th Nov 12 7:35 am

Almost half a million helped with their IT skills

Prime Minster David Cameron has heralded the Microsoft ‘Britain Works – Get On’ three year work programme as an excellent example of the type of work programme needed to help get Britain’s economy moving again.

Mr 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.”

The Prime Minister met Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a meeting at 10 Downing Street on the 7th November to discuss and promote the programme. The ‘Get On’ programme is a three year programme designed to help tackle the rising unemployment amongst young people in the UK.

The ‘Get On’ programme is part of Microsoft’s wider ‘Get Britain Working’ programme which was set up back in 2009 and has already helped 470,895 people in Britain by giving them employable IT and digital skills enabling them to apply for IT jobs.

The ‘Get On’ is similar programme specifically aimed at 16-25 year olds who are over represented in the unemployment statistics. Over 77% of all jobs require IT skills in the jobs market today. Therefore, it is essential that young people are qualified and experienced in this area to make them attractive to employers.

The programme is particularly vital to young people living in the Greater London area.  Youth employment in London is one of the highest in the whole country, yet IT recruitment in London is growing due to the strength of the digital sector in the city.

The programme itself is split into three areas, ‘Get Inspired’, ‘Get Skilled’ and ‘Get a Job’. The first strand, ‘Get Inspired’ involves Microsoft building 30 new youth clubs all across the UK with IT facilities available for young people understand the job opportunities available to them and use IT equipment for digital projects. ‘Get Skilled’ focuses on training and learning including a pre-apprenticeship training programme, the development of IT academies and computer science capabilities, and using technology such as Kinect in the classroom to help motivate students.

The third, final strand, ‘Get a Job’ focuses on offering apprenticeships at some of Microsoft’s 30,000 partner businesses and developing new programmes to help find the right technology job for candidates that are interviewed but not hired by Microsoft.

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