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Orbit and Slenky give young people a new ‘shot’ at employment

Young people across Birmingham and the West Midlands are being given the opportunity to get on the career ladder with the help of a new social platform.

Orbit has teamed up with Slenky, a social platform organisation that searches for the best ‘shots’ available for 13-to-24-year-olds and connects them directly to organisations and individuals in the business world.

Opportunities range from work experience placements to internships and apprenticeships in various industries, such as fashion, technology, arts and music provided through Slenky’s key partners, which include global companies Sony and Microsoft.

Slenky launches in Birmingham on Thursday 8 December to encourage businesses and organisations across the West Midlands to help young people explore their passions.

Orbit is supporting Slenky through its community investment fund, which is designed to help empower communities and support Orbit’s customers make positive changes in their lives.

Sam Scharf, head of community investment at Orbit, said: “Over the last 12 months Orbit has helped more than 300 people into work and more than 1,300 people undertaking employment related training and skills as part of our community investment aspirations to 2020. Working with slenky presented a unique opportunity for Orbit to explore new ways of helping more young people into training and employment.”

BBC One West Midlands Today will be speaking with Sam Scharf about the initiative with the full feature scheduled to air at 6pm on Thursday 8 December.

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