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Working for the circular economy

We signed up to the Young Person's Guarantee (YPG), as a lot of what we do is with to do with textiles, which has almost petered out to nothing in the UK. 

The skills we need aren’t being taught. We knew we had to find routes for staff. 

We looked at non-traditional routes — people with disabilities, barriers to work. People who don't have skills  —  if you can upskill them, you can make someone employable. 

If you develop skills and qualifications, proper Health & Safety and working conditions, then you meet the criteria for the YPG. 

The best thing you can do is show the younger generation that work can be productive. Upskill those people, give them an opportunity and then your business will have staff in the future. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Andrew MacFarlane
Head of Circular Operations at ACS Clothing

We actively tried to make relationships with local colleges and Developing the Young Workforce. We also linked up with Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools. 

If the academic route isn’t working for people, give them work experience, and help get them ready for work life. 

We are always looking for ways to give people opportunities. There is a better chance of developing people and they will become productive members of staff for you. 

There are good reasons for any employer thinking of getting involved in the Young Person's Guarantee. If you’ve got an ageing workforce, an inability to recruit new people, then you need to train people.