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Young People

We run programmes in England and Scotland that help young people who are out of work and out of school or college get their lives back on track.

Customised Programmes

Training young people to work in specific business sectors

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Our Burberry Job Training Programme puts young people who do not normally benefit from contacts with the business world on a direct path to training and jobs with international businesses.

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We ran our first Burberry programme in 2010. We took on 15 unemployed young people who had completed our Working It Out programme.

We prepared them over five weeks for a seven-week work placement within a Burberry outlet or in the company’s corporate offices.

At the end of the programme, seven young people had job offers from Burberry and a further six went into other jobs, education or training.

In 2011 we almost tripled the size of the programme.

In-2 Work

One-to-one help to reach employment

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In-2-Work is our south London project that helps unemployed young people, many of whom are involved with gangs and living in Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth into work and training.

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If you are ready to take the next step in to work, we can help you figure out what you are good at, what you want to do and how to make your plans a reality.

You will get an adviser, who will take the time to get to know you. He or she will give you plenty of one-to-one help and advice.

We will help you recognise and build on the skills you already have, pay for any training you need, even buy you an interview outfit, and support you while you look for suitable work.

Where is it?

In-2 Work is available in:

Rural programme

Connecting rural young people with employers

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The Works! is a ten-week programme that helps unemployed young people in isolated rural areas find new opportunities and work

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If you feel cut off where you live, travel is a problem, or you find it hard to get work or training, we can help. 

We will help connect you to local employers and colleges so you can get a job, voluntary work, work experience or go back to study.

When you start a job, work placement, study or training, we will help with your fares and we will stick by you to help you make a success of it.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Townsend

T: +44 (0) 1323 441194



Help to do your best at school

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Every year thousands of young people leave school with few or no qualifications, and no training or job to go to. ThinkForward is our pioneering programme to prevent this happening by supporting young people while still in school.

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ThinkForward provides ‘super coaches’ for pupils aged 14 who are struggling at school.

The young person’s coach works out a five-year individual action plan that will steer them through the transition from school to work.

The coach helps the young person improve their attendance, choose the right options, achieve well at school and introduces them early on to the world of work.

ThinkForward is a partnership with the Private Equity Foundation. It aims to work with 1,500 young people in the Shoreditch area of London, halving the number of young people who are not in education, work or training by 2016.

Where is it?

ThinkForward is available in:

Working It Out

A chance to show employers what you can do

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Working It Out is a life-changing programme for unemployed 16-24 year olds. It will give you confidence and motivation and get you ready for work or training.

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You will learn to work as a team, take responsibility and gain new skills. We will also help you write your CV, practise interview skills and complete applications for jobs or college.

You will work on a community challenge as part of a team. 

Working on a challenge is a chance to:

  • find out what you are good at
  • show an employer what you can do.

Examples of challenges are decorating a community hall, improving a local park or garden or running holiday football courses.