Microsoft is to create 150 work experience placements as part of a programme aimed at boosting the employment prospects of young people, it was announced today.
The firm appealed to other companies to join its Britain Works programme, which it said could help hundreds of thousands of youngsters improve their prospects of finding a job.
Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, said: "Youth unemployment and a lack of social mobility are just two of the issues facing our society as we seek to emerge from the shadow of recession.
"Britain's young people are some of the hardest hit and we want to do our part, working closely with the Government and our partners in giving them the opportunity to build their careers regardless of their background. Microsoft's Britain Works is about providing a fair chance for all through access to skills, training and opportunities.
"This year we are adding to our programme and asking other businesses to make a commitment to help the most disadvantaged by offering new work experience places to the people who need them most."