Boeing recently marked 15 years of support for The Prince’s Trust, the company’s longest charity partnership in the United Kingdom. Boeing has donated more than £1.2 million to the Trust, complemented by employee volunteering around the country. Boeing’s corporate grant supports 22 Achieve clubs and two annual Get Started in Product Design programmes, benefitting thousands of young people each year.
Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland said:
“Our partnership with The Prince’s Trust has gone from strength to strength because we share many goals in our charitable programmes. We want to support young people out of difficult situations and help create brighter futures for them, empowering them to get into education and training.
“As a global, diverse company, with the means to make a difference, we want to eliminate barriers for young people when it comes to achieving their ambitions. The young people of today are the innovators of tomorrow. The Trust thinks long-term and makes a real impact on a growing number of young people each year. We’re proud to celebrate 15 years of partnership on programmes all across the UK.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions so that they can live, learn and earn. The charity supports 11-30-year-olds including those who are unemployed and struggling at school and in society. The Trust has helped over 950,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day. Three in four young people supported by the charity move into work, education or training.
Boeing provides support for 22 STEM-focused Achieve Clubs, located across several in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which last between one and three years. The Prince’s Trust Achieve Clubs help 11-19-year-olds to increase their confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. The clubs to provide alternative education, such as creativity and life skills, to build confidence, teamwork, communication and resilience in the young people who take part in them. In 2018-2019, 11,740 young people nationwide participated in the Achieve programme.
Additionally, Boeing and The Prince’s Trust collaborate with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre in Sheffield, co-founded by Boeing, to deliver Get Started with Product Design twice a year. The programme is for 16-25-year-olds in Yorkshire and neighbouring regions who are out of work and is for young people who have a passion for technology and design and want to develop it further. The 5-day course accepts up to 12 young people at a time, and helps them develops skills in advanced manufacturing, teamwork and design. When the course is completed, further mentoring support is provided, to move them into education, training or employment, and many have returned to the AMRC Training Centre as full-time apprentices. 2,143 young people completed a Get Started programme in 2018-19.
Ben Marson, Director of Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust said:
“Our partnership with Boeing is an example of what can be achieved when there is a strong mutual commitment to support young people to thrive in society. The Prince’s Trust would like to thank Boeing for supporting our work for over 15 years with over £1.2 million. Commitments like this from Boeing have enabled the Trust to support more than 950,000 young people to date. We are incredibly grateful and look forward to working with Boeing for many more years to come.”
The company’s partnership with the Prince’s Trust is part of Boeing’s global community engagement strategy, which in 2019 comprised charitable grants donation totalling more than £36 million ($48 million). The grants, part of the Boeing Global Engagement portfolio, support 404 charitable organisations in 50 countries, funding programmes into 2020 and beyond. In the UK, Boeing donates more than £450,000 each year to a variety of local, regional and national charities, and this year’s Charity of the Year is SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity. One of Boeing’s community investment focus pillars is Our Future; initiatives that help young people achieve their potential through educational enrichment and support programmes.