Microsoft launches GET ON programme to tackle youth unemployment

Despite some stability, unemployment in the U.K is continuing to rise. Taking note of this Microsoft has launched a ‘GetOn’ program for helping young minds in the U.K to get inspired, get skilled, and get a job!

The company through its, some 30,000 systems integrator, software developers and a network of 460 charity partners has planned to create an environment that would help over 300,000 young people to move a step closer to work and get a job over a three-year period.

As a part of Microsoft’s global commitment to the next generation, the campaign has already helped over 450,000 individuals, aged between 16-24 years to get their first job.

During the program tenure, Microsoft will hold many work inspiration sessions and a number of initiatives via its volunteers to help kids build confidence about the workforce world, just to help them connect with better job opportunities. Microsoft will also work in combination with academic institutions to help teachers learn their technology.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the U.K and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO after a meeting came up with the THREE YEAR PROGRAMME for helping the UK’s 1 million young unemployed.

Prime Minister David 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.”

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 company-wide commitment to youth – Microsoft YouthSpark – our ‘Get On’ program 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.”

For more information about the Get On program from Microsoft, visit this page.

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