The Opportunity Partnership has helped more than 25,000 young people over the past three years
A community programme backed by HSBC has helped more than 25,000 disadvantaged young people in the UK to enter education, training or employment over the past three years.
The GBP30 million Opportunity Partnership was set up in 2013 by HSBC and four specialist charities – Catch22, St Giles Trust, The Prince’s Trust, and Tomorrow’s People. The aim was to improve the prospects of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those who have been in prison, or who finished school without qualifications.
Chantelle is one of the thousands of young people who have taken part. Chantelle lived through traumatic experiences as a teenager. She turned to alcohol and self-harm as a way of coping.
We believe education is the key to prosperity – giving people the chance to boost their skills, realise their potential and make a positive contribution to society
But Chantelle was determined to turn her life around. With support from the Prince’s Trust, she took part in a course on customer service. She excelled, and went on to secure a job as a customer representative with HSBC. Now aged 24, she says: “Getting my job with HSBC felt like a dream. They showed that they trusted me.” In addition to working at the bank, she volunteers with the Prince’s Trust, sharing her experiences to help others.
Other young people who participated in the Opportunity Partnership programme now work in sectors ranging from construction and retail to garden design. More than 12,000 have acquired a recognised vocational qualification, improving their skills and their long-term job prospects.
As well as providing funding, HSBC supported the Opportunity Partnership by encouraging its UK-based employees to get involved. More than 600 took part in workshops in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, sharing their expertise to help young people manage their money, understand the world of work and make a good impression at job interviews.
António Simões, Chief Executive, HSBC Bank plc, said: “We believe education is the key to prosperity – giving people the chance to boost their skills, realise their potential and make a positive contribution to society. I am proud of the impact that HSBC and its partners have made, and hope that this programme will make a lasting difference to the lives of Chantelle and of everyone who has taken part.”
Globally, HSBC invests about USD50 million a year in projects to help young people. These include scholarships and financial literacy classes, as well as projects providing emotional and practical support to vulnerable young people in marginalised communities.
Read more about the HSBC Education Programme.
The Opportunity Partnership in numbers
GBP30 million of funding between 2013 and 2016
25,171 young people helped to enter education, training or employment
More than 12,000 acquired a recognised qualification
600 HSBC volunteers supported the programme