During an address at the State Opening of Parliament 2016 Her Majesty discussed the need “to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged” in society and “create jobs and more apprenticeships” to support economic recovery.

Ben Hilton, Head of Young People’s Programmes at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Today’s speech is encouraging for the hundreds and thousands of young people facing disadvantage in the UK, with a strong focus on creating opportunities for this group to gain and sustain employment.

“It is now essential that young people are supported to realise the behaviours and attitudes needed to become valuable long-term employees. We also require businesses to ensure they are creating environments where young people can thrive and remove the barriers that young people on our programmes are telling us exist.

“Our research provides clear steps explaining how organisations can alter existing practices to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to flourish. These findings were presented at the launch of our Go The Extra Mile campaign last week with Employment Minister The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP.

“We are now calling on businesses – ranging from large corporations right down to micro businesses – to realise the potential of young people and enable them to achieve career success, whilst also benefiting themselves.”

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