Laptop donation boost for The Prince’s Trust Team programme through WCG partnership

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The employment prospects of young people in Birmingham have been boosted after they were gifted free laptops to help them apply for jobs and participate in a national development programme.

RSA Insurance Group has donated 50 laptops for the delivery of The Prince’s Trust Team programme in Birmingham, giving students the opportunity to improve digital and employability skills whilst on the programme at locations throughout the region.

The laptops will be used by students across four community locations including Digbeth, Acocks Green, Chelmsley Wood and Longbridge.

The programme, which is delivered locally by WCG, enables people aged between 16 and 25 who are unemployed to gain new skills and undergo personal development as part of a 12-week provision.

Participants carry out a group community project to have a positive impact on the local area, undertake two weeks’ work experience in a chosen field, participate in a team building residential week away from home, and receive guidance on CV writing and interview skills, though much of the programme was forced online due to the pandemic.

Three out of four people on the Team programme go on to work or college courses within three months of completion.

Chris Gately, Head of Re-engagement and Schools at WCG, said: “We are enormously grateful to RSA for thinking of the programme when making this donation and to The Prince’s Trust for recognising the massive potential of young people in our region and the ability that WCG has to get the best out of them.

“This donation will enable our Team members the chance to develop employability skills online in preparation for their next step into employment or further training.”

Rose Griffin, Prince’s Trust Head of Delivery Partnerships and Volunteering, said: “Our partnership with WCG throughout the past 18 months has once again been responsive to significant changes brought about by the pandemic.

“Access to IT has been raised by many of our delivery partners for the Team programme and we have endeavoured to address this where we can.

“We have taken great confidence in the management and delivery of Team by the college and the work Chris Gately and his team have undertaken to ensure we can meet the needs of young people by delivering more aspects of the programme online.”

Richard Brophy, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Social Impact at RSA, added: “Few jobs, if any, can be conducted without some element of digital capability and the same applies in situations where young people are looking to establish or build small businesses.

“RSA Insurance Group was pleased to make this contribution to the Prince’s Trust Team programme to ensure that the students can take their next steps with the confidence and skills they need to open the doors to future employment or entrepreneurship.”

For more information about The Prince’s Trust Team programme with WCG visit wcg.ac.uk/princestrust

To find out more about the college group and its colleges visit www.wcg.ac.uk

 

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