At HCL, we are obsessed with exploring new ways in which technology can make a positive difference to the lives of people and organisations worldwide. This simple thought inspired us to partner with The Prince's Trust in UK & create a very special app education program called Get Started with Technology.

Aimed at making the lives of underprivileged youth better by empowering them with App Development know-how, the pilot program helped 25 disadvantaged young adults move closer to employment. Not only did the program help build mobile app development skills of the participants, it also helped them learn presentation and problem solving skills from the top technology leaders in the industry.

Learning was imparted through short one week programs, which was then followed up by a three month mentoring period from The Trust, in London & Manchester.

Through this program, we had an amazing opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people across the UK. We invite you to join us in this journey, and pledge your support to help make this a success.

Give a Gift of Learning!

The Prince's Trust & HCL

ABOUT THE PRINCE'S TRUST

Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives back on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. 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. The Prince of Wales's charity has helped more than 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.

HCL'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRINCE'S TRUST

HCL have been partners of The Trust since 2013 and are Patrons of The Trust's Technology Leadership Group. HCL supports The Trust to help disadvantaged young people back into employment, training or work and till date have helped get more than hundred young adults closer to employment. Initiatives such as Get Started With Technology, HCL-Manchester United Pitch Day , sponsorship for fund raising event and other volunteering opportunities are leading the way towards making a real, positive change in the lives of youth all over the UK.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Sign up to participate as a mentor to help deliver workshops through the Get Started With Technology Program and other corporate mentoring opportunities. The key responsibility for you will be mentoring and assisting the young adult participants in various topics such as teamwork, presentation skills, problem solving, interview skills etc. you will also be involved in organising the day as well as running a short pubic speaking workshop with the young people from the Team programme who will be there in atttendance.

 

 

HCL & The Prince's Trust Partnership

The Trust and HCL have now been working together for more than 3 years with various sponsorships and delegate event partnerships.

Give a Gift of Learning

The Get Started With Technology series was a one-of-a-kind learning program aimed at providing application development and digital learning to a group of underprivileged young adults

The Old Trafford Pitch Day

A unique pitch day event, this event gave the attendees a chance to mentor school kids and subsequently attend a unique CSR tournament between four groups of school going youth

Get Started With Technology – The Next Steps

Get Started With Technology Series

HCL along with The Prince's Trust will work with such disadvantaged young people to build up their confidence and realise their potential. The programme is designed to help with personal development, improve vital employability skills and providing work experience and training. On completing the programme, young people continue to receive support from The Trust and HCL helping the young person to move back into education, training or work.

Three in four young people supported by The Prince's Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales's charity has helped more than 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.

Program Features:

  • Cities: London & Manchester
  • We aim to ramp this program up three-fold with Young Adult participation increasing to nearly 75 with mentorship opportunities from Customer and HCL employee going up to 50 participants
  • Program Structure:
    • Will be spread across seven different industries
    • Will include 7 days of classroom-mentoring which will include inspirational speaker sessions as well as employees and customer volunteering in various sessions such as brainstorming presentation etc.
    • Will include Opening day as well as Closing day sessions to be held in the identified customer organization offices
    • Overall sessions to be augmented by smaller learning sessions such as LinkedIn profile update sessions, Interview skills sessions etc., Media etc.
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Program Details

Get Started with Technology is a short course with an engaging app design based themes to inspire unemployed young people aged between 16 and 25.

Program session details:

All the sessions are developed and executed in such a way that they take participants on a step-by-step journey towards learning about App Development.
The sessions that are designed in a way so:

Participants to benefit from interacting with volunteers.

Give them an opportunity to be mentored by The Prince's Trust to move back into work, education or training.

Allow them to develop their App ideas and skills with your support as a volunteer.

These interactive sessions will give you a unique chance for you to make a positive change in the lives of these young people.

So, what are these sessions like?

Brainstorming Sessions


Summary:

The brainstorming sessions allows the young people to work together in small groups, using mash-up cards to start developing their social good app ideas. You as a volunteer will help them explore their ideas and help them consider the app development process.

Description for volunteers (2 – 3 volunteers required)

The volunteers will support the groups as they explore their ideas and help them consider the app development process. The volunteers will help steer them towards considering what works and doesn't work and encouraging them to narrow the discussion down to 3 app ideas that have social good.

Presentation Sessions


Summary:

This session is the first opportunity for the young people to work in their groups to develop and practice their 'pitch' that they'll present as part of the Celebration Event on the final day of the programme.

Description for volunteers:

The volunteers will provide support and advice to the young people as they give their first presentation and give them feedback on how to improve their public speaking skills and how to gain confidence conveying their ideas.

Celebration Event


Summary:

The Celebration Event is the opportunity for the young people, who have been working in groups all week to develop their app idea, to present their idea to the audience and talk about what they have learnt and what they would like to go on and do in the future.

Description for volunteers (2 – 4 volunteers required)

Volunteers will arrive for the start of the Celebration Event and form an audience for the young people to present to. The volunteers will also be invited to give their thoughts on the presentations and any helpful advice. The volunteers will also be welcome to join the young people after the presentations have finished so they can enjoy some refreshments and informally congratulate them on their ideas and have a chat about their experience of the programme. Those volunteers who have supported earlier in the programme will also be invited to join together with Prince's Trust staff and the young people's friends and family.

 

Programme venues for Manchester and London

Manchester

Venue: Prince's Trust Salford Centre, Maple House, Cemetery Road, Salford, Manchester, M5 5WG

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London

Venue: Prince's Trust Poplar Centre, William Cotton Place, 124 St. Pauls Way, Poplar, London E3 4QA

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The brainstorming sessions allows the young people to work together in small groups, using mash-up cards to start developing their social good app ideas. You as a volunteer will help them explore their ideas and help them consider the app development process.
This session is the first opportunity for the young people to work in their groups to develop and practice their ‘pitch’ that they’ll present as part of the Celebration Event on the final day of the programme.
The Celebration Event is the opportunity for the young people, who have been working in groups all week to develop their app idea, to present their idea to the audience and talk about what they have learnt and what they would like to go on and do in the future.
The Trust also provides various short term, flexible volunteering options available through out the year. These are majorly around educating, raising awareness and motivating children and young adults from underprivileged backgrounds spread across the UK.