Colleagues at family motor company JCT600, which this year celebrates 70 years in business, have chosen to support The Prince’s Trust with the company becoming a patron of the youth charity.
The Trust, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, believes that every young person should have the chance to succeed and helps 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. The UK’s leading youth charity was chosen as JCT600 is also committed to providing work and training opportunities, including taking on more than 100 apprentices over the last three years to join its 2,300-strong team. The company was also recently named in the Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’ list in recognition of its outstanding levels of employee engagement.
Over the next four years, colleagues at JCT600’s Bradford head office and its 50 dealerships across the North and the Midlands will once again take part in a variety of fund-raising events as well as hosting their own charity challenges with all funds being donated to The Prince’s Trust. In addition to fundraising, the company will work closely with the youth charity, providing opportunities for colleagues to work with young people through The Trust, providing coaching and mentoring support.
“With both organisations celebrating a milestone anniversary this year and sharing a common goal to inspire young people and improve their work opportunities, joining forces with The Prince’s Trust seems a perfect fit,” comments John Tordoff, chief executive of JCT600. “Our team has shown enormous enthusiasm and commitment to supporting our annual charities over the last four years, but we felt that embarking on a longer relationship would allow us to have an even greater impact, particularly as we have such strong synergies with The Prince’s Trust.
“This partnership sees us go beyond purely fundraising as we seek to share our team’s expertise as mentors and coaches as well as providing the opportunity to give young people from the charity an insight into our business. We hope it will be a mutually beneficial relationship with our managers also able to use their interaction with the charity to fine tune their communication, training and leadership skills.”
Paul Rose, chair of The Prince’s Trust development committee in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome JCT600 as a Patron of The Prince’s Trust. The funds raised through this partnership are essential if The Trust is to continue to deliver its crucial work across the region, helping young people into education, training and employment. With this support we can make a real difference, helping us directly support the lives of disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire and the Humber.”
The Prince’s Trust helps young people get their lives on track. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.