BP partners with The Prince’s Trust on retail employment programme for disadvantaged young people
BP is partnering with The Prince’s Trust on a programme that will help up to 50 disadvantaged young people get into paid work in the next year.
Designed by the two organisations, the ‘Get into Retail’ programme will give participants valuable work experience as well as employability training.
Sonya Adams, VP of mobility and convenience retail for BP in the UK, said: “We believe in the transformative power of opportunity. Partnering with The Prince’s Trust to launch ‘Get into Retail’ reflects our commitment to empowering disadvantaged young people, providing them with the skills and support to build meaningful futures, whilst fostering a diverse, inclusive retail business across our UK network.
“We are thrilled by the positive impact we’ve achieved so far and look forward to building on this momentum, creating even more opportunities in the future.”
The partnership began in May with an initial cohort of seven young people in the Milton Keynes area and was followed by a second cohort completing their work experience in November around south London. With 11 of the 14 participants now having secured permanent employment with BP, the next two ‘Get into Retail’ programmes will run in North London in January and in Kent in March.
Alex Fleming, head of business development at The Prince’s Trust commented: “We’re delighted to continue our work with bp. Their vision for enhanced equity in the workplace resonates with our mission of supporting young people who are facing disadvantage and adversity, and we are thankful for their commitment to helping young people into employment with the Get into Retail programme.
“The Prince’s Trust has helped one million young people since we were founded in 1976 and our partnership with bp will play a vital role in continuing these efforts.”