Celebration Day at M&S

Celebration Day at M&S The Make Your Mark scheme at Marks and Spencer is a 4 week training and work placement programme run in store alongside the Prince's Trust as part of the Movement to Work strategy. The programme was launched in response to growing youth unemployment rates and it sits as one of our M&S Plan A commitments. It is available to 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.
Matt and Tommy presenting the Fashion Show
As a business, Marks and Spencer started the Make Your Mark scheme in 2013 following the success of the Marks and Start programme which launched in 2004 - between the two, over 13,000 candidates have now been given work placements.  
We held the taster day for this intake on 22 February, and from this we selected 18 candidates, half of which were placed in the Broadmead M&S and the other half here at the store at Cribbs. They are placed into an area of the shop that they show interest in and work there Tuesday - Friday. Each Monday they take part in different workshops, such as an employability day and a comparison shop. These are designed to grow their tangible skills which they can then transfer into the workplace and to also help them grow their confidence. If they are successful after the 4 week period, they are then given a further 12 weeks in store which can then lead to a permanent job with us. We are proud that all of our Cribbs candidates from this intake were successful and will be continuing with the 12 week programme extension.
Matt in Menswear
The M&S sponsor of this cohort was menswear commercial manager Chloe Crean with Alice Calvert assisting her and there were section manager links in store and help from a couple of experienced customer assistants. This was great as it meant that facilitating the programme included people from across the whole store.
Paige receiving her award from John
The celebration day compromised of speeches to congratulate the trainees and recognise their achievements and a certificate presentation from our Head of Region, John Dorrington. The individuals also took part in a fashion show styling M&S clothes as well as each giving speeches about their placement.
A big congratulations to all the trainees!