Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed an initiative by software giant Microsoft to help 300,000 jobless youngsters in the UK begin a career over the next three years.
Cameron met Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at 10 Downing Street to discuss the company's Get On programme.
The initiative will provide Britain's 16-24-year-olds with the skills they need to start a new career through education, training, apprenticeships and work experience. Microsoft has pledged to create new job opportunities by the end of 2012.
"In these difficult economic times, the best investment we can make is in our young people, to help them develop the skills and creativity they need to create our economic and social future."
"Microsoft YouthSpark - our 'Get On' programme in the UK will connect young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship so they can develop the confidence and skills required to compete in a global market and build a rewarding career," said Ballmer.
Cameron praised Microsoft's Get On campaign, describing it as the sort of venture that will "inspire, provide skills, and create meaningful opportunities" in industries that are expected to drive the British economy in the future.
"To succeed in the global race, and boost the UK economy, it is vital that we give young people every opportunity to work hard and get on in life," he added.
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