Marks & Start
From Marks And Spencer
Marks & Start is our flagship employability programme. It helps people who face barriers getting into work to gain skills and experience through work placements. Since 2004, we’ve supported over 10,000 single parents, people with disabilities or health conditions, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and disadvantaged young people. Participants undertake a 2-4 week placement along with coaching and a 'buddy', enabling them to learn about roles in M&S and gain real insight into working in retail. In return we get access to a larger pool of potential talent, ultimately creating a more diverse workforce. Involvement also engages and motivates our employees who serve as buddies. At present, Business in the Community, Gingerbread, Remploy and The Prince’s Trust help us deliver Marks & Start. The programme has been launched in our stores in France, Poland and Greece, and with suppliers in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In 2013, in response to the sharp rise of young people not in employment, we identified a need to do more to address youth unemployment. We launched Make Your Mark, together with The Prince’s Trust, to help unemployed 18-24 year olds.
We were also instrumental in setting up Movement to Work, a wider industry collaboration that aims to provide youth employment opportunities. Since its launch, Movement to Work employers have created more than 40,900 vocational training and work experience opportunities for young people, with an estimated average into-work rate of 51%.
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Last updated on: 09/09/2016 10:46