Merlin Venture, the Birmingham-based employment and training social enterprise, is celebrating its 50th volunteer placement in the past twelve months. Natalie Morgan (left in picture) recently became Merlin’s fiftieth client to start a successful volunteering placement, taking up an exciting position with Edge Creative, Sutton Coldfield.
In the past year over one-third of Merlin’s volunteer placements have progressed to permanent employment — testimony to the increasing importance volunteering has in enabling young people to break into the labour market in the most difficult of employment conditions. Natalie is planning on building a career in Marketing but with jobs scarce volunteering is proving to be the essential way to build skills and experience in an industry where jobs are sought after.
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