Getting a place on one of our programmes can be a life-changing experience and, thanks to our partnership with HSBC, every year thousands more young people are being helped to get their lives back on track.
There’s no doubt about it – HSBC is our largest corporate supporter. In 2012 the business donated £5 million over a five year period to our Fairbridge programme, helping vulnerable 13- to 25-year-olds back into education, training and work. But there’s more to our partnership than just money. Hundreds of HSBC employees have run money management and employability workshops to equip vulnerable young people with the skills and confidence they need to secure jobs.
In 2013, HSBC launched the three-year £30 million Opportunity Partnership programme working with us and three other charities to help 25,000 disadvantaged 16- to 25-year-olds achieve their potential and get into either education, training or employment. This has enabled us to expand our Get into programme, an employability scheme to help jobless young people get back into work, and launch a bespoke HSBC Customer Services course – giving young people the opportunity to test out their skills in branches across the UK and gain valuable work experience.
Antonio Simoes, UK CEO of HSBC, said:
Jade Smith, 22 from Canary Wharf, was one of the first young people to join our Get into Customer Services course. She had been unemployed for almost a year before joining, but was offered a job as a customer services officer at HSBC’s Holborn branch – making her one of hundreds of young people to have been helped by the programme.
Jade says: "Having a job means I will be able to develop my skills and start planning for the future. I’ll be able to start saving up to get my own place, and I won’t have to rely on benefits any more.