The initiative, named ‘Youth With Hope’, was started with the aim of bridging the gap in a generation of joblessness youngsters. Businesses up and down the country will be encouraged to take on ‘green champions’ that will among other things, drive down maintenance and running costs of buildings.
Sir Alex, throwing his weight behind the scheme, said “I am absolutely delighted to support the ‘Youth With Hope’ scheme which, among other things, looks to get firms to hire youngsters as ‘green champions’ – and pay for their wages by cutting energy costs.”
The initiative has gained momentum since its adoption last year, with leading names in the business world endorsing and supporting its growth; including Michelle Mone, Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Brian Souter (http://www.souterinvestments.com/
Sir Alex Ferguson is the latest Scot to support the scheme, and represents a title-winning signing for Sir Willie.
With Sir Alex’s endorsement, the scheme it is hoped will attract more national attention as until now has mainly been focused in Sir Willie Haughey’s (http://www.williehaughey.com/
The ‘Youth With Hope’ scheme has already secured pledges to create 254 ‘green champions’ jobs for young people, with the latest being from Glasgow City Council and Tennent Caledonian Brewers.
Sir Willie Haughey, who built his business up from the refrigeration business, and now runs a charitable trust, is set to appear on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ to talk about his initiative.
It is hoped that speaking to business bosses directly and by-passing the bureaucracy of politicians he will drum across the idea of UK firms tackling unemployment for themselves.