One Million Chances aims to create a million opportunities for young people.

The pandemic has hit young people the hardest in terms of unemployment and economic inactivity, with UK youth employment rates at a near-record low of 53%. At the same time, job vacancies are now increasing rapidly, with employers having to compete harder to fill roles.

It’s vital that we bridge this gap by helping young people find meaningful work and helping employers find new talent pipelines.

Let’s help young people get their foot in the door. Let’s give them a chance.

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How to tap into underutilised young talent pools

With escalating numbers of job vacancies and increased competition for candidates, employers can fill these roles by recruiting young people who have traditionally been overlooked. Recruiters and hiring managers need to offer equal access to employment to all members of society and could benefit from attracting young talent from diverse groups.

In partnership with Youth Futures Foundation, we give evidence-based recommendations on how to reach, attract and recruit young people from marginalised backgrounds.

Getting the most out of an internship programme

In a challenging labour market, many organisations are looking to internships as a way to gain new and motivated members of staff, who bring new skills and perspectives to their business. In addition, these programmes provide young people with a meaningful experience that enhances their employability, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated rising graduate unemployment.

Our guide offers best practice recommendations on how to run a successful internship programme, as well as contributing to the intern’s professional development.

How to help young people understand their career options

Preparing young people for the world of work is not only critical to the UK’s economic future but will benefit organisations by building talent pipelines and improving workforce diversity. However, our 2021 report on youth employment showed that only one-fifth of those surveyed thought they received high quality careers advice at school or college.

We give guidance on how to collaborate with local schools and colleges to ensure young people understand and are equipped with the skills that businesses need.

What schemes are available to help young people access employment?

Employers recognise the value that young people bring to their organisations, yet those who want to support them often face a confusing landscape of government initiatives, bodies and programmes which can act as a barrier to engagement.

Our guide, authored by Strategic Development Network (SDN), outlines the major youth employment programmes available to help support organisations making decisions about the employment, work experience and training initiatives that they can offer.


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At Tesco, we've committed to help over 45,000 young people jumpstart their careers this year, and build employability skills as they grapple with the disruption COVID-19 has caused. We have diverse and interesting opportunities available across our business like the Kickstart scheme, apprenticeships, graduate programmes and internships for young people, whoever they are and whatever their background.

Natasha Adams

Chief People Officer, Tesco

At SOSE, we offer modern apprenticeships and internships which create a vast range of opportunities for young people like me. These opportunities help equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to face the real world. SOSE tries to immerse them into cross-directorate activities and introduce them to a wide range of people.

Katie Cross

Modern Apprentice – Transformation and Development, South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)

At Openreach, by focussing on hiring the right individuals with the right attitude – rather than minimum educational qualifications – we’re bringing even more young people into our field and office based teams, and the results speak for themselves. It’s helping young people take their first steps into a great career and it’s helping us to build and enhance our brilliant team – so it’s a massive win-win.

Kevin Gaughan

Director Resourcing, Learning & Development, Openreach

We offer apprenticeship programmes for up to 80 trainees per year to develop our next generation of accounting, business and tax advisers. The qualifications develop technical knowledge, experiences and behaviours required for an accomplished accounting or tax professional. We also offer work experience placements for school and university students.

Amy Taylor

People Director, PKF Francis Clark

Pret A Manger is a great company for young people to start off and to develop their careers. Many of our managers today started with us as team members and have gone on to run their own Pret shop, managing large teams with full P&L accountability. We have great internal training where people can learn, grow, and become strong business managers.

David Carter

UK People Director, Pret A Manger

DWP offers a range of opportunities to support young people into employment, including programmes such as Apprenticeships, Social Mobility, Movement to Work, Care Leavers, Autism Exchange, Summer Diversity Internship placements and more. This provides young people with the opportunity to gain new skills and confidence to support their career development.

Debbie Alder

People, Capability and Place Group Director General, DWP

We believe passionately about creating opportunities to unlock the talent and potential of today’s young people. From work placements for local schools and colleges, apprenticeships, the Government Kickstart programme, paid internships and a graduate programme, we aim to inspire and provide support for young people into employment and thereafter.

Dr Tracey Leghorn

Chief HR and H&S Officer, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK 

At Dorchester Collection we attract and develop exceptional talent. As you start your career, we will have an exciting opportunity for you in our hotels. From work experience placements in our fast-paced kitchens, apprenticeships in our innovative engineering departments or a global graduate programme, we have the perfect pathway for you. Change your future and ours.

Eugenio Pirri

Chief People & Culture Officer, Dorchester Collection

Compass Group UK & Ireland has made a commitment to support the skills development of both existing employees and new talent. We work closely with our partners, training providers and colleges to deliver industry-leading, aspirational and structured career pathways that offer genuine opportunities for all roles and ages across all our business sectors.

Jonathan Foot

Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers, Compass Group UK & Ireland

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