Our people and CSR

Seeds of success at Buckingham Palace garden party

by Michael Rogers

Earlier this week, I was privileged to be one of 5,000 guests invited to join Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace garden party. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity, supported by NGA in the UK.  It helps young people aged 13 to 30, who are unemployed or struggling at school, to get into jobs, education and training.

As HR specialists, at NGA we feel well positioned to offer practical advice and training, in addition to fundraising. Last year we hosted a practical workshop, “The World of Work”.

This workshop provided young people from the community to visit our head office in Hemel Hempstead. Participants had many opportunities to learn. For instance,  they received advice on CV writing, interview technique, and took part in mock interviews. Additionally,  they gained iinsight into what it is like to work in an office environment. The workshop was a huge success and will be repeated again within the next 12 months.
Sir Ben Kingsley, a trust ambassador for two decades, was at the event and he said: “To meet the people helped by the charity, and hear their uninterrupted confidence and self-worth, which is so beautiful, having had their lives shattered by illness or poverty or abuse, is so inspiring.”

The work of The Prince’s Trust means that all young people can have the opportunity to succeed in the workplace.