As a patron for the past seven years, SCC has supported several of the Trust’s regional and national schemes and campaigns, most notably a significant investment in 2018 to help create a brand-new hub in Birmingham City Centre that will help thousands of young people.
Sharon Arbuckle, Senior Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, welcomed SCC’s continued support, with the renewal taking SCC to a decade of patronage.
Sharon said: “Youth unemployment rates are rising, and young people across the UK have been heavily affected by the pandemic. We must support young people to upskill, retrain and access job opportunities, or else we risk losing their ambition and potential to long-term unemployment, to the detriment of their future and to the recovery of our economy.
“SCC is already showing amazing dedication when it comes to helping turnaround the lives of disadvantaged young people. Through their new patronage of The Prince’s Trust, and membership of our Technology Leadership Group, we hope we will be able to empower thousands more young people to transform their lives and give them the confidence and skills to succeed in life.”
SCC CEO Mike Swain added: “The pandemic has been a huge blow to all of us in many different ways and it will take a long time to recover. In the IT sector we have been in a more fortunate position, but sadly, the same cannot be said for everyone. The youth demographic has been severely hit, and those already disadvantaged now face even bigger obstacles.
“Young people are the future and we’re so pleased to be able to help those more affected by the crisis through our partnership with The Prince’s Trust. The work this charity does with young people is outstanding and they’re making a real difference to many lives. We look forward to seeing how we can continue to support them.”