Company: The Prince’s Trust
Location: Cold Store, Digbeth
Project: Creation of a Young People’s Skills and Enterprise Hub
Value of GBSLEP contribution through the Local Growth Fund: £627,000
Value of Project: £2.455 million
The creation of a new skills hub, designed to nurture and develop the entrepreneurial spirit of Greater Birmingham’s young people, has been made possible thanks to funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBSLEP).
Located in the Cold Store at Digbeth, Birmingham, the new centre offers an inclusive, innovative, agile learning space for young people to build their skills and self-confidence – helping them to realise their ambitions and support business growth in the region.
The new facility is run by youth charity The Prince’s Trust, which helps to improve access to jobs, education and training for young people aged 11 to 30 across the UK. The centre is designed to help The Trust realise its commitment to supporting a further one million young people during the next decade.
Chair of GBSLEP, Tim Pile, said:
Supporting the ambitions of our young people, and skills development with local companies, will really help to build Greater Birmingham’s local economy. This region is already well known as a vibrant hub for enterprise, with a diverse business community. The new Prince’s Trust centre will provide a further boost for Greater Birmingham and its young people.”
Michele Farmer, Director of Central England at The Prince’s Trust, commented:
We are grateful to GBSLEP for its ongoing support of our new centre, and its dedication to helping us build a flexible, creative space where we can deliver programmes for local young people. We want to encourage people to drop by and find out about the wide range of programmes we have on offer.”
As one of the youngest cities in Europe, The Prince’s Trust Youth Skills and Enterprise Hub will play a key role in supporting young talent in Birmingham and its surrounding areas. The new state-of-the-art facility, which has transformed the Cold Store building, aims to upskill and support unemployed young people into jobs directly or through start-up businesses.
Sophie Drake, Non-Executive Director for Young People, GBSLEP, added:
This new facility is going to be a vibrant and inspiring place for Greater Birmingham’s young people, and The Prince’s Trust’s investment into delivering it really is a show of intent and belief in our city. The scale and versatility of the site will ensure that the Trust does not only support more individuals, but also caters for a broader range of needs.”
Plans for the creation of the new skills hub were announced as part of the third round of Growth Deals in the Midlands in 2017, with work on the refurbishment of the Cold Store completing in spring 2018.