Throughout the partnership, Arm has supported us to deliver 24 Get Started in Technology programmes, including Get Started in Robotics and Get Started in Apps. These programmes have helped young people to build their confidence; develop new skills and give them insight into technology related careers. 

Arm’s Get Started programmes have supported over 300 young people since 2015 across Sheffield, Manchester, Cambridge and London. There have been many successful outcomes from the programmes with young people going on to study Computer Science and Engineering at University, moving into IT employment and joining a further education Level 1 Games design course. Others have continued their journey with The Trust, taking part in our Enterprise programme to pursue their business ideas. 

Before I was lacking confidence and feeling isolated, but on the course, I felt supported and realised what I was capable of. Now I feel I can keep moving forwards and I want to make a better life for myself. - Course participant

In total, Arm have donated over half a million pounds and have been our largest supporter of Get Started with Technology programmes, pioneering this type of relationship with The Trust. 

Beyond this, over 200 employees of Arm volunteered over 900 hours of their time across the partnership. This has included hosting workplace insight days, signing on as long-term progression mentors, and providing vital support running the programmes. Inspirational speakers took part to give young people more insight on careers in STEM, illustrating to those who may have previously had few opportunities in life, that doors are open to them.   

Arm’s commitment to volunteering has been exceptional and truly invaluable to our young people. We recognised this in 2015 with a third-place volunteering Award at our Prince’s Trust Partnership awards (previously Corporate Employee Awards) and in 2016 they were also nominated for the 'Services to young people' award.

Lukas Krasula, Senior Image Quality Engineer at Arm said:

I helped organising Get Started with Robotics week in Loughborough. The memory that really stuck with me is the contrast between the shy, reserved young people full of self-doubt I had met at the beginning of the week and their only few days older selves, confidently presenting their work and plans for the future at the final celebration. The impact of even a few days of interesting and motivational activities is truly astonishing. 

Arm employees also took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 2016 alongside a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, raising over £11,000 for The Trust. 

We also had the pleasure of Andy Smith, part of our Technology Leadership Group Committee, advising on The Trust’s work to digitally transform our operations in order to help reach our target of supporting a million more young people in the next ten years. 

As well as supporting our Get Started with Technology programmes with The Prince's Trust, both helping to shape content as well as delivering the material, I was fortunate enough to also be trained as a Progression Mentor. Over the course of our partnership I grew my understanding of some of the challenges that young adults in the UK are facing and overcoming. As a progression mentor, I was able to connect on a 1-2-1 level with a number of young people, working with them on improving their self-confidence, resilience and life-planning skills. There is no greater feeling than when someone you're mentoring gets employed or returns to education. Thanks to everyone at The Trust for their dedication in helping young people to get the support and guidance they need.

Ali Stripling, Senior Manager Community & Inclusion at Arm

A huge thank you to Arm for supporting the work of the Trust and being a fantastic partner.

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