Boeing celebrates success with inspiring young people and The Prince’s Trust
March 27, 2017
On 15 March, attendees gathered at the London Palladium for The Prince’s Trust National Celebrate Success Awards. The landmark event was held in recognition of the achievements of young people supported by The Prince’s Trust who have furthered their education and personal development despite significant hardships, and who have ultimately succeeded against the odds.
The red carpet gala ceremony saw HRH the Prince of Wales in attendance, alongside a host of celebrity ambassadors and young award nominees. This year, Boeing was the proud sponsor of the Educational Achiever Award, given in recognition of those who have overcome barriers and setbacks to develop new skills and improve their educational prospects.
This year’s winner was 18 year-old Caitlin Buckley, from Southampton. Battling with ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety and depression, Caitlin had always struggled to fit in and do well at school and was eventually removed altogether. She experienced panic attacks, was scared to leave the house without carrying a knife, used substances and self-harm as an escape, and attempted suicide. But with the support of The Prince’s Trust, Caitlin’s confidence has been boosted and she has been able to discover a new sense of purpose about her education. She has been re-admitted to college, gained five GCSE qualifications, and currently has a job as a lifeguard outside of her studies.
As Caitlin said on the night of the awards: “The Prince’s Trust helped me get my life back – and now I am finally happy.”
Caitlin’s story is just one of countless examples of young British people benefiting from the invaluable support of The Prince’s Trust. Educational Achiever Award runners-up Alfie Waters and Baseer Khan-Omarkhil, for example, are both members of The Trust’s Achieve Programme. Proudly supported by Boeing, this personal development course provides those aged 13 to 19 at risk of under-achievement or school exclusion with practical guidance and support which helps them fulfil their potential. The Programme currently works in partnership with 500 schools across the UK and will support nearly 10,000 teenagers in 2017.
Boeing’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust stretches back many years, and we are strong advocates of the important work it carries out across the UK. Established by Prince Charles in 1976, the charity helps 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. This comes in the form of practical, financial and emotional support, and enables those who enter its free programmes to stabilise their lives, build their confidence and achieve amazing things.
In addition to the Achieve Programme, Boeing is engaged in supporting and taking part in a number of The Trust’s initiatives and philanthropic activities. Participation in The Million Makers Corporate Challenge, for example, saw a team of Boeing employees from across the UK (aptly named The Boeing Bulldogs) aim to raise £10,000 to support The Prince’s Trust through innovative fundraising initiatives and events.
Similarly, Boeing, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are set to kick off this year’s Get Started with Product Design training programme in April. This year’s participants - aged 16 to 25, not in education, training or employment – will benefit from the AMRC Training Centre’s highly-respected Manufacturing Campus and the mentoring and life-skills support offered by The Prince’s Trust. When they have completed their training in April, they will receive three months of professional and pastoral support, and may return to the AMRC Training Centre as an apprentice. Many will also have the opportunity to go on to study for a degree.
Congratulations again to Caitlin for her win at this year’s Celebrate Success Awards, to all those shortlisted for awards, and to all of the young people enrolled in programmes run by The Prince’s Trust. Your courage and determination is inspiring and we look forward to seeing you all do great things in the future!