Microsoft has launched 'Get On', a new programme offering young people in the UK the skills and inspiration they need to succeed in getting that all important first job. With youth unemployment currently at 1.02 million1, Get On aims to help 300,000 16-24 year olds take meaningful steps toward work and the start of a career over the next three years, through a combination of education and training, apprenticeships and work experience.
The launch comes soon after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met with Rt Hon David Cameron to discuss how Microsoft can work even more closely with Government to help young people get the skills they need, create opportunities to find jobs and, with that, develop a highly skilled workforce for the future.
The Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister 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."
Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft said:
"In these difficult economic times, the best investment we can make is in our young people, to help them develop the skills and creativity they need to create our economic and social future. As part of our recently announced global companywide commitment to youth – Microsoft YouthSpark - our 'Get On' programme in the UK will connect young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship so they can develop the confidence and skills required to compete in a global market and build a rewarding career."
Microsoft's 'Get On' programme will help young people, Get Inspired, Get Skilled and Get a Job, helping to create opportunities no matter what stage they are at. Specifically the programme includes three core elements:
Get a job
In 2009, at the height of the economic crisis, Microsoft made the decision to use its reach in the UK to create new job opportunities and provide training for people who were looking to kick start their career, making a pledge to help get half a million people into work by the end of 2012. To date, Microsoft's Britain Works programme has directly helped 470,895 towards work, many of whom are aged between 16-24 years. 'Get On' builds on the lessons learnt and commitments made through Britain Works, with a particular focus on young people. It is part of the company's global initiative – Microsoft YouthSpark -to create opportunities for 300 million young people in the next three years.
Microsoft has been present and investing in the UK for more than 30 years. During that time, the company has helped to create thousands of jobs, partnered with more than 30,000 small and medium sized businesses, created a world class R&D centre in Cambridge, and a thriving group of industry leading games studios.
For more information or to sign up for Get On programmes, please visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MicrosoftGetOn Twitter: @getonUK #GetOn Web: www.microsoft.com/uk/citizenship
Get On will help 300,000 people over three years through a number of initiatives including the below. We plan to build on this over the life of the programme.
by Howard TimberlakeMicrosoft UK Public Sector Team