Launch: helping young people into work

19 Nov 2014

Following the launch of the Tesco Youth Academy earlier this week, we are also pleased to provide an update on the success to-date of our Launch programme

Following the launch of the Tesco Youth Academy earlier this week, we are also pleased to provide an update on the success to-date of our Launch programme, which began in May 2014.

Launch aims to help at least 500 unemployed young people over the next two years with work placements and retail training across the Tesco business. Participants benefit from a four-week programme which will give them a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene national qualification, department-specific training, employability skills and six months of support from the Princes’ Trust after the programme finishes. Furthermore, we aim to employ half of the participants who successfully complete the programme.

So far 250 young people have completed the Launch programme, over three quarters of whom have now secured jobs at Tesco as a result. To hear from some of the young people who have already benefitted from Launch, watch this short video:

Launch forms part of a collaborative effort with The Princes' Trust and 14 other leading employers known as 'Movement to Work', which aims to support 100,000 unemployed young people. Tara Leathers, Director of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, said:

"We are delighted to be working with Tesco to help disadvantaged young people move into jobs. Our partnership is already making a real difference to the lives of unemployed young people across the UK and we look forward to continuing to work together to help even more young people look forward to a brighter future."

In addition we are working with Tesco suppliers who are also supporting Movement to Work to help even more young people benefit from the initiative. For example, we are currently running a vocational training programme where young people are receiving expertise from both Tesco and Diageo in our Silverburn Extra store. 

To find out more about Launch and other employability programmes visit the Movement to Work website.