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Big Academy launches to help schools deliver work experience

A NEW non-profit organisation has been launched that will aim to support schools in providing accredited work experience, as well as helping to tackle the rising numbers of young people out of work.

The Big Academy has been created to help support all young people in finding work opportunities regardless of their social or academic background and aims to get all students, school leavers and graduates ‘inspired to achieve.’

Focusing predominantly on the delivery of work experience in secondary schools, it will also help to support young people in getting prepared for and finding work.

Marketing Director Adrian Oldfield said: “We’re incredibly excited and proud about the Big Academy launch. Youth unemployment is at an all time high as more and more young people struggle to find work opportunities once they enter the job market.

“We believe that the Big Academy can help tackle the problem in a number of key ways. We will provide good quality work experience programmes that get young people ready and motivated for the world of work, engage with employers and provide young people with a website which they can access for free, to seek advice, be inspired and find work vacancies.”

The Big Academy has already attracted a number of high profile businesses onto its scheme including Deloitte, McDonalds, Network Rail and Hilton Hotels.

For more information, visit www.bigacademy.org

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