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South London Press Campaign to Boost Work Experience for Youngsters

The South London Press has launched a campaign to boost work experience opportunities for young people.

The newspaper has partnered with The Prince’s Trust for the campaign which has received the backing of celebrities and politicians.

The campaign encourages businesses in South London to create work experience placements for young people from Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham.

Companies in are invited to contact the Prince’s Trust which matches them up with young people for work experience.

The campaign has been endorsed by the celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, Dominic West and Gemma Arterton as well as politicians Ken Livingstone and Tessa Jowell.  

The South London Press will be covering participating businesses and young people over the next eight weeks.

Natalie Ross, The Prince’s Trust London regional director, said: “Too many young people are leaving school here without any hope of ever finding a job – a tragedy not only for the young people themselves but also for our economy and the local community.

“We are delighted to be working with the South London Press to help young people from South London into work.”

South London Press editor in chief Hannah Walker added: “We've joined forces with the Prince's Trust to encourage our local South London businesses to open their doors to young people, giving them a chance of a working future.

“In South London we have some brilliant businesses and we know we have some extremely talented young people, but times are increasingly challenging and as part of our role in the community we will hopefully be connecting the two.”

The paper is also running the Our Heroes campaign which has been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.  

Sponsored by Shell, the campaign asks readers to nominate people they think deserve recognition for an award.

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