Firms Work Together For Youth Recruitment Drive

A major computer technology recruitment drive is being launched in the UK, with the aim of getting 500,000 unemployed people back to work in the next three years. 

The scheme is a joint initiative by Northamptonshire ICT supplier XMA and international software giant Microsoft, and they will be looking to take on many young apprentices between the ages of 16 and 18. 

XMA will be at the World Skills competition in London this week to begin the search for new tech-savvy youngsters who are looking for work and looking to build up their skills base. The youngsters will be taken on as part of the Britain Works initiative, which is being run by Microsoft to try to help counter the growing youth unemployment in the UK. 

The sales and marketing director for XMA, Lee Hemani, said that they were hoping to help people with immediate effect by giving them work, but also to make them more employable for their future endeavours. 

"At XMA, we see the value in nurturing young talent and providing young people with opportunities to be part of the workplace in the future," he explained. "We are delighted to be working with Microsoft's Britain Works programme and see the World Skills competition as a great place to showcase our support."

The chief executive of online recruitment company, RecruitmentGenius.com, Geoff Newman, said that the UK is lining up for a fight with the US, Israel and China to become the next tech-city.

“The Government’s focus on future developments such as Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch is designed to put the UK on the map as tech-capital of the world. But we’ve certainly got lots of competition from overseas. Therefore these initiatives will ensure companies such as Google and others continue to come to the UK, generate employment and create the future.”

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