6 June 2007
The office is opening in response to a recent report from The Prince’s Trust warning that youth unemployment is costing the West Midlands’ economy over £5.5 million a week in lost productivity. Capgemini and Telford Council have been among the first to react by supporting the new venture financially and through staff secondments.
The new office complements the Council’s long-term policy and confirms Capgemini’s commitment to Telford, where it is the largest private sector employer, with 2,500 people.
Prince’s Trust Regional Director, Kathy Williams, comments: "The generosity of Capgemini and the support from the Council will help young people in Telford develop new skills and get back into work, education or training. Together we will make a real investment in our region."
David Boulter, CEO of Capgemini Aspire says: "We’re working with the Council and other organisations to bring practical help to the local community. The Prince’s Trust new office is based close to AFC Telford because they already have a hugely successful Learning Centre and community programme, and links with the college."
Steve Wellings, Chief Executive, Telford & Wrekin Council adds: "Everyone at Telford & Wrekin Council tries to make a positive difference to people’s lives - this project does so every day."
The Prince’s Trust helped more than 3,400 young people in the West Midlands gain skills and find work last year.. The youth charity works with 14- to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law..