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Welcome to 1000 Club

The 1000 Club Campaign was set up to recruit 1000 companies in the Plymouth area to commit to support young people into employment, whether that be through work experience, apprenticeship, graduate internships or employment.  The membership now exceeds 1000 and the 2014-15 target is to work with partners to provide an additional 1250 opportunities as well as to develop a range of supportive initiatives and services.

View members and young people talking about their experiences 

1000 Club Supports Apprentice Development

Read full article about the Apprentice Development Day

The 1000 Club is a member of a newly formed Plymouth Apprenticeship Manager Network that has been established to promote Apprenticeships across the City; share knowledge and good practice; work with the National Apprenticeship Service and other key strategic bodies to inform and influence policy; promote the employability of apprentices and their links with the world of work. 

Group member Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau recently organised an Apprentice Activity Day on behalf of the Group.

The importance of supporting
young people

Experience of the world of work is key to developing well rounded young people that are ready to become effective employees and meet the expectations of employers.  This will ensure they have the characteristics and skills that employers need and therefore able to support businesses in their growth and the growth of the local economy.

The evidence

Youth (18-24) Claimant Rate:  the percentage of total claimants aged 18-24 is relatively high at 28.7% compared to 24.3% nationally, confirming the characteristic of the city having a large 18-24 year old population and a large proportion of 18-24 claimants. 

This comparatively high proportion of youth claimants is reflected historically in the city. 

Support for your business

The partners offer a range of support, and are partnering to share expertise and experience to ensure that businesses receive the best service and students get the best support.  We are therefore very keen to receive feedback of what works well and not so well to enable us to continue to evolve the service.



For an informal discussion about the various options available and support that can be provided please contact Elaine Budd.

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The 1000 Club is proud to be supporting the 'Building Plymouth' Inititive - more information

Young people across Plymouth are being encouraged to check out a roadshow that gives them the low down on exciting jobs and how to get the skills they need.
Plymouth City Council has teamed up with businesses and skills providers for a road trip around neighborhood and city events as part of a programme to ‘sell’ the importance of having the right skills.

Full article and event details

Highlighting the benefits

Melanie Babbage, tells the 1000 Club how she has benefited from work experience in her professional training placement year and how that has led to a higher grade in her Degree.  She has also now secured a job with a 1000 Cub Member.

"I have recently finished my degree in Events Management at Plymouth University, taking with me unforgettable experiences, great memories, a wealth of business contacts and “friends for life”.   


Melanie Babbage

A pivotal part of my course was undertaking a placement year with Plymouth University which gave me the opportunity to apply my academic knowledge and skills into practice. 
This year was essential in securing a graduate job as not only was it a major talking point within interviews, it also helped to build my personal confidence and refine my skills and abilities.  I believe this year has also contributed to the fact that I am predicted to receive a 1st class honours degree, as the experience has made me more organised and focussed.   

Within a few weeks of finishing my degree, I have secured myself the perfect graduate job working within marketing, sales and events in Plymouth.  I am about to set off on a well-deserved holiday before embarking on my exciting graduate career in July".



This initiative is led by Plymouth's new Employment and Skills Board which reports to the Plymouth Growth Board.

The Employment and Skills Board is made up of private and public sector organisations.  

1000 Club Young Employee Blog

We are in the process of setting up a Blog where we will ask those that have completed work experience placements with 1000 Club Members, or those currently undertaking Apprenticeships or Traineeships to talk about their experiences.



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