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Employers sign up for BBC Three show to help unemployed find work

Seven employers have joined forced with BBC Three to offer paid placements to unemployed people.

Argos, Greggs, Hilton Worldwide, Scottish Power, Starbucks, Timpson and Virgin Media have offered a total of 23 paid placements.

The employers have signed up to BBC Three programme, 'Up for Hire' which launches on 20 October.

The show, presented by Richard Bacon, aims to address the challenging issues of getting the unemployed work opportunities. Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan said: "One example of the challenges of unemployment is that there are nearly one million 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training. There is something tragically wrong that the skills and talents of so many of Britain's young people are going to waste because they are simply struggling to get a foot in the door.

"The impact on young people looking for work must be soul destroying. Businesses must try and do more to provide opportunities for people to gain experience and employment."

All placements are for three months initially, apart from Virgin Media, which has a one-year apprenticeship on offer.