Computer giant Microsoft has launched a campaign to help 500,000 people into work by 2012 with the help of a former Government minister who has described the rising levels of unemployment as "frightening".
Microsoft said it would work with other organisations and local government to deliver its "ambitious" target through a combination of apprenticeships, training and a new job matching service.
Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK said: "The last 12 months have been disastrous for many individuals, families and businesses throughout Britain."
And he added: "The Government has invested where it can but in reality there's only so much it can do. That's why I asked my team to look at ways we can make a difference as a business.
"Today represents the start of a nationwide programme, which I hope will have a real impact at grassroots level across the UK."
Former government trade minister Lord Digby Jones backed the announcement, adding: "Next week, we are expecting the number of people unemployed to top 2.5 million for the first time since 1995. That's a frightening prospect, but I also know that there are thousands of people who do not have the appropriate skills that businesses need in today's IT-led economy.
"Businesses still need these people, and so a significant part of this campaign will focus on making skills for business training vouchers available to people who want to give themselves an extra chance when going for interviews."
No responsibility can be taken for the content of external Internet sites.
soucre: Press association
Return to internet news headlines
View Internet News Archive