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Work Ready students meet the stars

11 December 2017 

Our students were at Movement to Work’s annual celebration event in London. They received certificates for completing our programme and heard from VIP guests David Beckham, Hannah Cockroft and Jake Humphrey.

And it was a double celebration for us – with the Work Ready programme picking up an award from Movement to Work for how our placements are helping to boost tech literacy skills.

Also at the event was volunteer Work Ready coach Fraser MacLeod, BT Service Operations Manager who represented our team that helps people with autism in the workplace.

Students with Gavin Patterson, BT CEO and David Beckham

Liz Williams, BT Director of Tech Literacy and Education programme said: “It was a great celebration of young people and the need for companies to support them in overcoming barriers to employment – as well as recognition of the efforts of our volunteers who support the programme.

“We were thrilled to be recognised for incorporating tech literacy and digital skills into our three-week work placement.”

Movement to Work is a collaboration of UK employers that aims to tackle youth unemployment by giving high-quality work experience placements to young people who are not in education, employment or training. We’re a lead employer and our CEO, Gavin Patterson sits on the steering board.

More than 50 per cent of young people who complete the programme go on to paid employment, apprenticeships or further study.

Programme director Vasi Nadarajah says: “We’re immensely proud of our members’ contribution to our 64,000 placements to date. They are helping to transform young people’s lives and provide them with the skills and confidence to start work.”

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