The United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT), a subsidiary of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, has received £5,000 to fund five construction-related training places for 16-25 year olds in the Burslem and wider Stoke-on-Trent area.
The donation was provided by The Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander, which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
The grant will help to fund five 4-week ‘Get into Construction’ training placements for local 16-25 NEETs (not in education, employment or training) during the restoration of Burslem’s iconic Wedgwood Institute. The scheme will upskill participants in carpentry, plastering and brickwork and it is hoped that two participants will find full-time employment as a result.
Both UKHBPT and lead charity PRT work mutually to support and strengthen communities by rescuing and reusing important British buildings at risk of being lost forever through demolition or decay. They prioritise areas of deprivation – places which will benefit most from the regeneration and economic growth which they generate.
Jeri Smith-Cronin, Development Manager at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received this grant from The Discovery Foundation which is an important step towards tackling high youth unemployment and low employability skills in Stoke-on-Trent. Working in close liaison with heritage specialists, participants will learn valuable skills for their future careers as well as contribute to a major regeneration project which seeks to provide jobs, business and educational support to local people for generations to come.
Peter Burton, Relationship Director at Santander’s Corporate Business Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent said: “The Discovery Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting UKHBPT, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”