Ivan Menezes urges UK employers to act in order to address youth unemployment at Movement to Work annual meeting

At the UK’s Movement to Work’s fourth annual meeting, Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s Chief Executive and Chairman of Movement to Work reaffirmed the need for employers in the UK to lead the way in addressing youth unemployment through cross-sector collaboration.


Movement to Work is a collaboration of some of the UK’s biggest employers, aiming to tackle youth unemployment through the provision of high-quality work experience placements to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This aim is aligned to Diageo’s skills agenda, through our Learning for Life programme and apprenticeship programme in Scotland.

As part of its work, Movement to Work, brings together CEOs from employers, including Accenture, BT, BAE Systems, Barclays, Centrica, the Civil Service, Compass, Diageo, HSBC, IBM, Marks & Spencer, Manpower, Marriot, the National Health Service and Starbucks alongside employability charities, Springboard UK and Princes Trust, as well as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trade Union Commission (TUC) to end youth unemployment, especially among harder to reach groups in society. The meeting, in London, included more than 20 CEOs and senior executives of major British companies with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke.

Ivan Menezes standing on a staircase with David Gauke and two other individuals from Movement to Work

“Movement to Work has achieved an enormous amount over the past four years, delivering more than 64,000 work placements and transforming tens of thousands of lives. But we want to go much further, bringing businesses large and small together with the Government and unions to offer all young people more life chances.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

As Chairman of Movement to Work

Movement to Work also used the gathering of CEOs to call on the UK Government to create greater flexibility in how companies can invest the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy to allow investment in pre-apprenticeship training targeted at young people who are NEET.

For more details on the Movement, visit www.movementtowork.com