Natasha, from London, was offered a job with HSBC after an Opportunity Partnership Traineeship programme

A community investment programme backed by HSBC has helped more than 17,000 disadvantaged young people in the UK into education, training or work since 2013.

The Opportunity Partnership, a collaboration with four charity partners – Catch22, St Giles Trust, The Prince's Trust and Tomorrow's People – helps to tackle youth unemployment in the UK. HSBC is investing GBP30 million over three years and aims to support 25,000 young people between 2013 and 2016.

With the right support, it is possible for young people to gain the confidence and experience to get into education, training and work

Antonio Simoes,

CEO, UK, HSBC

Natasha from London is one of the young people who have taken part. Natasha had a tough few years. She struggled with low self-confidence and bullying at school and left in 2010 with poor grades. Determined to improve her prospects, she resat GCSE maths and volunteered as an ambassador at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She applied for dozens of jobs, but potential employers said she lacked work experience.

Natasha's luck changed in August 2014 when The Prince’s Trust told her about the Opportunity Partnership Traineeship programme ‘Get into Customer Service’.

Natasha went on work experience in an HSBC branch in Stratford City, London. She impressed colleagues with her positive attitude and when the work experience ended, the branch manager offered her a permanent job.

Natasha said that the experience changed her outlook: "I feel positive about the future and know there are lots of opportunities for me to develop and progress. My confidence levels have increased dramatically and it has had a positive effect on my entire outlook on life."

Antonio Simoes, CEO, UK, HSBC, said: "With the right support, it is possible for young people to gain the confidence and experience to get into education, training and work. This can transform their lives and means that they, in turn, act as a positive influence on their peers, families and communities."

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