Co-op leads scheme to help slavery victims find jobs

Up to 300 jobs are to be created within the next two years for survivors of modern-day slavery under a programme led by the Co-operative Group.

The Manchester business is working with anti-trafficking charity City Hearts in Liverpool to provide work for people who are rescued from enslavement.

Under the Bright Future scheme, people are offered a four-week paid placement which could lead to full-time job.

The Co-op said as many as 20 large firms are on the verge of signing up.

The Bright Future programme was launched in March 2017.

Participating businesses will work with a network of local charities to put survivors of modern slavery in touch with the companies that have jobs available.

Co-op chief executive Steve Murrells said modern slavery is a “blight on society”.

“It is clear that victims need to be supported while they rebuild their lives and central to that is the dignity that paid, freely chosen employment provides,” he said.

So far, Co-op has recruited 19 survivors to full-time jobs in its shops or to sort goods at its warehouses.

A further 11 victims are at various stages within the scheme, it said.

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.

However, police say the true figure could be in the tens of thousands with anti-slavery operations rising.

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