First Broadcast: 8PM Sun 7 April 2013

With nearly a million people under 25 not in work, job centres are failing to engage young people with the idea of finding a job. But what if the job centre was reinvented by young people, for young people?

Straight-talking self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick is one of the biggest suppliers of minibuses in Britain. In 2011, he took on the banking industry and successfully fought to open his own bank.

Growing up in Burnley, in a poor family, Dave recalls feeling like his future prospects were written off by those around him.

With an affinity to this cause, Dave wants to help give young people self-belief and a push in the right direction towards success.

The Secret Millions follows him and the Foyer Federation as they start a 'Pop-up Talent Shop', going into the heart of deprived communities.

The Foyer Federation have devised a project where, instead of the unemployed going to job centres, employers go to them in pop-up talent shops run by young people.

The job shop could pop up anywhere, from shopping centres to community centres or even on the streets.

Designed to encourage young people into the workplace, and often away from crime, the shop introduces local employers to people they would never normally consider hiring.

Young people from challenging backgrounds would help devise, design and run the job shop. Like a travelling circus, it would move into the community to attract the young people and to have a go at different jobs.

Dave meets young people living in some of the Foyer Federation's homeless hostels as he looks for those with a strong work ethic to create and run the new job centre.

Dave's enthusiasm isn't always met with the same positive attitude, with some using any excuse to avoid working.

The aim is to inspire unemployed youths coming into the centre and secure work placements with employers. As the Talent Shop opens, their efforts have to pay off and impress the local businesses into offering work to interested youths.

At the end of the project, once the doors are closed, can Dave and the charity bosses convince the Big Lottery Fund to back the Talent Shop all the way?

Background:

In 2011, Channel 4 teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to ask the nation to decide which five themes were their priorities for funding during the current financial climate. The results were used by BIG to decide which five exciting and innovative projects across the UK should get a total of £10 million of Lottery money.

In The Secret Millions (March-April 2013), Channel 4 has joined forces with BIG in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back these radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. The series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the front line developing innovative and groundbreaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

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