Since 2004, Marks & Start has helped 7,000 disadvantaged people gain the skills and experience needed to enter employment, creating a bank of work-ready individuals for any recruitment need and building pride among employees.
- A bank of job-ready, experienced candidates for any recruitment need.
- Marks & Start recruits add to the company’s diversity in age, ethnicity and disability, with 25% having a disability.
- The programme helps employees to develop skills through co-ordinating placements, buddying and coaching, and creates pride in an employer that ‘really cares’.
- 7,000 individuals have been supported by Marks & Start since 2004, around 6,000 of whom completed their placement.
- 3,150 gained employment with M&S and other employers and were still in employment after 13 weeks. Another 100 went into education or volunteering.
- 90% of participants said the placement improved their confidence and that they were more motivated and committed towards employment.
- The strength of the M&S brand helped the four charity partners gain additional funding in the region of £600,000.
Marks & Start at a glance
“ I thought I would never get a job, that no one would employ me. Marks & Start has turned my life around – I don’t know where I would be if I had not had the opportunity. I love working here. ”
Since 2004, it has grown to support over 1,000 people a year by providing work experience placements in M&S stores and offices.
M&S works with four partners, supporting different groups:
The Prince’s Trust (young people aged 16-25).
Remploy (people with disabilities and health conditions).
Business Action on Homelessness (homeless or those at risk of homelessness).
Gingerbread (lone parents).
The programme comprises three elements:
Pre-placement training (skills, confidence building and financial advice).
A two-week work experience placement.
Post-placement support (helping the participant secure a job).