The commitment and support from HSBC UK has been nothing short of transformational, enabling us to support thousands more young 11 to 30-year-olds back into education, training and work.
The partnership began in 2012, assisting The Trust to integrate and scale the Explore programme across the UK. Through their support, 8,700 young people were able to participate in the Explore programme. Together we have helped over 50,000 young people to re-engage with education, learn new skills and secure employment.
In 2015, HSBC announced a three-year commitment to our Achieve programme, becoming the largest corporate supporter of The Trust’s education programme. Their support helped us reach more than 5,000 vulnerable young people, improving educational underachievement as well as employability skills.
Furthering their commitment nationally, HSBC UK and The Prince's Trust forged the Future Skills partnership in 2018 ensuring young people have the skills required for sustainable employment across the UK.
Building on the programme's successes, HSBC UK has committed to a further three year 'Future Skills 2020 and Beyond' partnership where together we will work to ensure young people have access to skills and employment for future labour markets with a focus on digital and technology sectors.
A key element of the partnership is the involvement of HSBC UK employees, with many volunteering their time and expertise to run money management, employability workshops and mentoring thereby equipping vulnerable young people with the skills and confidence they need to secure jobs.
HSBC UK is also one of our largest employability partners. The HSBC UK 'Traineeship Programme' offers job opportunities with the bank to young people who, typically, wouldn't think it possible to work in financial services.
HSBC UK are also proud to sponsor The Prince's Trust Breakthrough Award, recognising the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.
Michaela Wright, Head of Sustainability for HSBC UK said: