A new partnership between The Prince’s Trust and Queens Park Rangers has enabled young Londoners to access employability and education support.
The Prince’s Trust, has co-located with Queens Park Rangers Community Trust at Loftus Road Stadium in West London/ Hammersmith and Fulham, in order to provide support to young people in West London.
In the first six months of the partnership, working with Queens Park Rangers, The Prince’s Trust has supported more than 120 unemployed young people in boroughs including Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham, into work, education or training.
Bhadrika Parmer, 23 from Harrow, has been able to develop her skills and successfully secure work, following support from The Prince’s Trust and Queens Park Rangers.
Bhadrika says: “I had been unemployed for a year, and was starting to lose hope and motivation. I honestly wanted to give up, all the rejections knocked my confidence. I was upset, feeling depressed, and I was worried about money and being out of work for a year."
“I was then put in touch with The Prince’s Trust, and applied to join “Make Your Mark” a Get into Retail programme, run in partnership with M&S. I knew this was a chance for me to gain experience in an industry I wanted to work in, and that this programme would help me persevere on my job search."
“When I first started the programme I was nervous and excited. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was ready to try something new. My work experience in the Harrow store was really great – I was able to learn all about the different roles in the store an all my colleagues were helpful and welcoming. The experience helped my build up my confidence, and push me out of my comfort zone in a good way."
“I have now secured a contract with M&S and I’m working in the same store where I did my work experience. I am really enjoying it, and would like to stay working with M&S. I also hope one day to start my own business, and I know that the experience of working in customer services will be helpful for the future."
“I was able to visit The Prince’s Trust at the QPR stadium, and if they hadn’t been there it would have been really difficult for me to take part in the programme – it would have been too far away and too expensive to get to."
Rozzy Amos, Director for London at The Prince’s Trust, says: “We have been delighted with the results of our collaboration with Queens Park Rangers, this year. The vital support of Loftus Road Stadium has helped us to reach more young people in West London, and complement the work we are already doing in East and South London."
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, said: “QPR in the Community Trust are delighted with the extra opportunities that The Prince’s Trust have provided for the young people of West London by being based here at Loftus Road Stadium."
Queens Park Rangers in the Community Trust and The Prince’s Trust have been working together since 2011 as part of The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative in partnership with the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association. Over the last 20 years more than 25,000 young people have been supported by this partnership, which helps develop young people build confidence, motivation and team working skills through sport.