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Gold award for working with young people.

IN the wake of National Apprenticeship Week last week it's been announced that apprenticeship provider the t2 group has been awarded the gold standard Youth Friendly badge in recognition of its support of young people.

The St Mellons-based company received the award from Youth Employment UK (YEUK), a UK-wide campaign dedicated to tackling youth unemployment.

Established in 2012 and supported by a number of Welsh and UK Government ministers, including Skills Minister Nick Boles, the Youth Friendly badge recognises the work of companies in any industry who are investing in the development of skills and employment opportunities for young people.

T2 is one of only eight companies in Wales to be awarded the Youth Friendly badge and has received the gold standard, the highest level of recognition.

To achieve gold, t2 successfully demonstrated that it met all eight of YEUK's Youth Friendly behaviours, including mentoring and providing work experience, hosting career talks, and providing advice on CV writing. The company also signed YEUK's Positive Youth Charter, committing it to delivering a range of youth engagement activities each year.

T2 is already one of Wales' largest apprenticeship providers, helping hundreds of young people gain sustainable employment each year. It also provides essential skills training throughout Wales, and runs leadership and management development programmes to help businesses develop.

Dave Marr, director of business development and human resources at t2 group, said: "We are delighted to have received this award and join the growing list of Youth Friendly organisations, particularly as this was the first time we had entered the Youth Friendly scheme.

"According to the latest ONS statistics, unemployment among 18 to 24-year-olds in Wales is currently at 16%, which is below the UK average of 18.5%. Unemployment among young people in Wales is also falling faster than across the UK as a whole, decreasing by 4.2% last year, compared to the national average of 1.3%.

"While this is very positive news for young people in Wales, this still equates to more than 31,000 young people who are not in education, training or in work.

"To this end, t2 provides regular career advice talks, help in arranging work experience placements across a range of industries, classes on CV writing and vital interview skills as well as sourcing suitable employment opportunities."

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