23 January, 2015

Marks & Start – Over 10 Years of Changing Lives

In 2004, M&S launched the Marks & Start employability programme to help disadvantaged people into work. We’re extremely proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the programme, having supported over 10,300 people through training and work experience.

We work with four programme partners – Remploy, Business in the Community, Gingerbread and The Prince’s Trust – to support groups including people with disabilities, those at risk of being homeless, single parents and young unemployed people. For many, joining Marks & Start has changed their lives, with 90% reporting increased confidence that has helped them to find work.

Following pre-placement training from a charity partner, participants spend 2-4 weeks on a training placement in one of our stores or offices. The charity partners support participants after their placements to maximise their employability prospects. What’s more, if the individual shows real aptitude for the role, and is deemed suitable to employ, they can take an M&S vacancy in any store within a six-month period, without having to apply or be assessed.

Since the programme started, around 40-50% of participants have gone into employment with M&S, adding to the diversity of our workforce, or with another employer.

“It’s changed my life, I thought I’d never get a job, that no one would employ me, Marks & Start has turned my life around.” 

This is just one of the moving life stories that sit behind the figures. To read more, please click here. Interested applicants should contact one of Marks & Start’s programme partners directly. 

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