The Prince's Trust celebrates partnership to boost pupils' technology skills

Issue date: 18 July 2012


Jack Carey and Michaela Moreton from Marlwood School, Silas Adekunle UWE Bristol & HP's Steve Vince

Youth charity The Prince's Trust has celebrated a partnership with UWE Bristol and HP, the world's largest technology company, which has helped struggling pupils to boost their technology skills.

The initiative has given 27 pupils in Bristol the chance to work with robotics, learn about video and music production and even design their own mobile phone app. The aim is to help 14-16-year-olds gain IT and technology skills to help them find work in the future.

HP provided support to run four projects in schools across the city, and participants received hands-on training from students and staff at UWE Bristol.

All of the young people are taking part in The Prince's Trust xl club, which helps young people at risk of underachievement or exclusion to improve their grades.

John Rushforth, deputy vice chancellor at UWE Bristol said, “We are delighted to have developed this successful new initiative with The Prince's Trust and HP in Bristol. We are confident that by working in partnership with others, we can continue to create fantastic learning environments for young people that inspire them, give them self confidence and show them what they can achieve.”

Rick Libbey, regional director for The Prince's Trust in the South West, said, “With youth unemployment so high, it's vital that we help young people in schools develop the skills that employers are looking for.”

“This partnership with UWE Bristol and HP is a great example of how charities like The Prince's Trust can work with universities and employers to give disadvantaged young people the skills they need to succeed.”

Last month, The Prince's Trust received a personal donation of £500k from musician and philanthropist will.i.am to help disadvantaged young people build skills for work and enterprise, with a focus on technology.

He said, “Working with The Prince's Trust, I am joining the mission to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people living in under-privileged neighbourhoods in the UK. My donation to The Trust will help these young people build skills that are vital in today's and tomorrow's job market including technology and computer knowledge.”

Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. Last year, three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training.

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