Bank backs skills development programmes

 Pictured (l-r) Brendan Cook, Head of Transformation at HSBC UK, Michaela Wright Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC UK and Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust.

Pictured (l-r) Brendan Cook, Head of Transformation at HSBC UK, Michaela Wright Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC UK and Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust.

Birmingham-based HSBC UK has renewed its partnership with The Prince’s Trust, enabling the charity to dedicate further resources to supporting young people to develop their employability skills.

The funding will also assist the Trust to innovate and trial new ways of helping young people.

The partnership renewal was announced when leaders from business and local government met at the new Prince’s Trust centre in Digbeth to build on their commitment to supporting Birmingham’s young people and providing increased access to jobs and skills.

“The Trust’s programmes across the UK have enabled thousands of young people to re-engage with education, training or employment,” said Ian Stuart, chief executive of HSBC UK, which first established links with the Trust in 2012. He added: “We know the benefits that the skills developed through these programmes can have in the workplace later on, both for employees and employers, and are committed to investing in programmes that help young people reach their potential.”

 

 

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, commented: “Addressing the skills challenge in the region is one of my top priorities and I am delighted that The Prince’s Trust has chosen to develop their new skills hub in Birmingham. here is much to celebrate in the region, but we still have a great deal of work to do to ensure that everyone is sharing in this success. I am pleased to work in partnership with HSBC UK and The Prince’s Trust to give all of our young people an opportunity to succeed.”

The Prince’s Trust, which moved to its new premises in Digbeth in March 2018, will this year support 60,000 people in the UK to develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life.

The centre aims to provide a safe environment in which The Trust can realise its commitment to supporting a further one million young people to realise their true potential over the next decade.

The charity runs a range of employability and enterprise programmes designed to help boost young people’s confidence and skills at venues across the UK, and also delivers a growing number of services remotely through Prince’s Trust Online.

 

This year, The Prince’s Trust will support around 60,000 young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life.