Microsoft is aiming to create 300,000 training and work experience placements in a bid to tackle youth unemployment in the UK.

The three-year programme, called “Get On”, was announced by Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and Prime Minister David Cameron this week. The technology company will offer the programme to unemployed people aged 16-24.

The Get On scheme includes three parts. These include educating participants about future prospects, IT training and making sure that apprenticeships are provided at some of Microsoft’s 30,000 partner businesses.

Get On is part of a global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, to create opportunities for 300 million young people in the next three years. The firm pledged in 2009 to help get half a million people into work by 2012 through the Britain Works scheme. Microsoft says that the programme has directly helped 470,895 people to date.

Hugh Milward, director of corporate affairs at Microsoft says of the Get On scheme:

‘we know how important it is for our future and the future of businesses across the country that we help young people acquire useful skills and become more employable because if we don’t, then none of us will have a successful future. We cannot stand by and watch young people struggle.’

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