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Travis backs Care2Work

Published:  10 July, 2009

LONDON: Travis Perkins is one of several companies to sign up to the Government's From Care2Work programme.


Launched today by Children's Secretary, Ed Balls, the programme encourages and support organisations across the country provide life-changing employment opportunities for young people leaving care.

Mr Balls said: "This programme will kick start their careers in a variety of industries and provide that helping hand to give care leavers the opportunity to realise their true potential. I am particularly delighted with the number of national employers who have already signed up."

Other companies supporting the initiative include Tesco, Marks & Spencer, and Asda.

Another Care2Work programme is already in operation. It is in response to overcoming ageism by tackling both the specific needs of the individual (through training and work experience placements) and the attitudes of would be employers.

The project is managed by Wise Owls with connections to hundreds of employers, particularly those who have joined Age Positive and who recognise the benefits of employing older workers. 

Care2Work is aimed at solving the twin problems in London of under employment for older workers (over 50s) and lack of suitable staff for businesses. All of the research we and others have carried out shows that 'ageism' continues to be a barrier to older workers getting the jobs their aptitude, experience, skills, work ethic and commitment deserve. To find out more, visit the website.