We will provide structured work experience and apprenticeship opportunities to people from disadvantaged backgrounds or circumstances.

The gap between what young people want and what’s on offer is huge - a study in the North East showed that 83% of young people there actually thought work experience should be compulsory as part of the education offer. This pledge aims to help bring forward employers to plug that gap and at the same time show young people that far from the rhetoric they are told, businesses are all about opportunity and development, and there are great careers out there to take a look at. Work experience can be provided by employers direct to individuals, through another body (e.g. local authority or charity) and/or in collaboration with other employers.