M&S launching Scotland-wide work placement programme for young people

M&S stores across Scotland including The Gyle in Edinburgh have launched a work placement programme helping young people to get their careers off the ground.

M&S has created 36 work placements across Scotland. Picture: Oliver Dixon/Imagewise.
M&S has created 36 work placements across Scotland. Picture: Oliver Dixon/Imagewise.

The retailer said it has created 36 work placements across Scotland supporting the UK government’s Kickstart programme, and aimed at those aged 16 to 24.

The initiative will be run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust – M&S’s long-standing employability and Sparks charity partner. The first Kickstart cohort of 18 placements takes place in April – hosted in M&S stores including Braehead and Aberdeen as well as The Gyle.

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A second cohort – this time running in stores across the country – is set to run in June. In total, there are 360 places across the UK.

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The aim is that participants, who will be paid in line with current in-store pay levels, will gain retail experience, and help them develop their communication and digital skills and confidence in the workplace.

Following the Kickstart placements, M&S aims to help those that have taken part apply for permanent opportunities where available across its stores.

Jason Dixon, store manager at M&S Gyle, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Kickstart programme… Whilst the last 12 months have been particularly challenging for young people, we look forward to welcoming the first cohort to our team in April and supporting them on their career journey.”

Frances Milner, director of fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are pleased to be expanding this partnership, particularly at this time.”

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