Rio Ferdinand Foundation working with The Prince’s Trust’s Future Workforce Fund

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust supporting young people in Oldham and Tameside as part of their Future Workforce Fund.

The Future Workforce Fund which The Prince’s Trust are running in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), has commissioned 10 test and learn projects across
Greater Manchester, focused on supporting some of the most disadvantaged young people to build the confidence and skills they need to thrive.

Our Digital Skills programme will support 45 young people, aged 14-18, to develop the technical and personal skills needed to succeed in their chosen future career. Our programme will offer progression routes into further training and the world of work supported by our network of partners from a range of sectors and industries across Greater Manchester.

The four-step programme enables young people to engage in different ways – from Connections, supporting young people to develop life skills via the arts, media and sport, through Raising Aspirations, Employability and finally becoming Ambassadors to inspire other young people to get involved.

Andrew Ridge, The Prince’s Trust’s Deputy Director of Operations for the North of England, said:

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education and livelihoods of the young people we support. Now, more than ever, young people across Greater Manchester need our help and we are committed to making sure they get the opportunities they need to realise their potential”.

Victoria Lowe, RFF’s Programmes Manager North West, said:

“Our programme has evolved from our work with partners over the last three years and has been shaped with young people to support them in a rapidly changing and challenging environment. We are really proud to deliver this bespoke programme alongside the support from our partners at a time when young people are faced with so many new challenges in accessing the world of work. Through our mentoring, training and employment pathways we want young people to feel empowered to develop their aspirations and believe that they will and can achieve amazing things”.