Greene King is ‘‘strengthening its partnership’’ with The Prince’s Trust, with a new five-year agreement to create 1,000 job opportunities for young and BAME people.
The pub company and brewery has worked alongside the charity for the past four years, supporting 440 young people across the country in getting job training and employment.
Under the partnership’s new terms, funding has been increased by a third and will be invested into projects that support Green King’s commitment to increasing the percentage of BAME young people it employs.
Green King’s goal is to onboard around 1,000 young people into its workforce over the next five years, increasing the percentage of BAME young people entering the business from 24% to 40% by the fifth year.
The partnership will deliver the targets though many of its current programmes, including ‘Get into Hospitality’ and ‘Ready to Work’.
It comes as Greene King previously made a commitment to “accelerate its diversity ambitions” and make a ‘‘substantial investment’’ to support the BAME community.
Nick Mackenzie, Greene King CEO said: “We are really excited to announce this new partnership programme with The Prince’s Trust. We have a longstanding and excellent partnership with a track record in helping young people from all backgrounds get into rewarding careers.
‘‘Supporting young people into careers now is more important than ever as we face globally uncertain times.”
He added: “The young people we recruit into our business today will be the business leaders of tomorrow and so it is vital that we address the diversity imbalance across our business and create opportunities that encourage young people from BAME communities to join us.’’
“We are committed to developing an ambitious programme on diversity, particularly focussing on welcoming colleagues into Greene King from BAME communities and we will be updating with more detailed plans in the coming months.”
Jonathan Townsend, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust said: “We are delighted to announce this new stage of our partnership with Greene King. The Prince’s Trust and Greene King already have an excellent relationship and we’re looking forward to working with even more young people through our partnership.
‘‘Greene King offers excellent career pathways for young people and we’re pleased to be supporting their commitment to improving the diversity of their workforce.”