Helping to Educate

Bibby Line Group are committed to supporting disadvantaged young people throughout the country, and have developed strong relationships with both the Prince's Trust and Teach First to support them in their mission to raise the aspirations of the younger generation. As a result of these partnerships we have established various opportunities for our employees to engage with both charities, please see below more information on how you can get involved...

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The Prince's Trust  

In 2014 a Bibby Line Group sponsorship began with The Prince’s Trust – Enterprise Programme and we have since donated £300,000 to support young entrepeneurs looking to start their own businesses. 

Young people in the UK who are interested in self employment will be supported in exploring and testing their ideas, writing plans and starting their own business concepts, or achieving alternative outcomes in education, training, volunteering or work. We have various opportunities for our employees to be involved in this wonderful scheme, please see below for more information on how you can make a real difference to a young person's life:

Inspirational Speaking - Attend the induction course for the Enterprise Programme and deliver a guest lecture relating to your job role or professional background

 You can also create a workshop for young people taking part in the programme focusing on various subjects, including:

Presentation skills- Develop young people’s ability to engage with other professionals, companies and investors

Marketing and Communication - Educate the entrepenurs on how to effectively communicate and progress their marketing strategy

Effective Networking Skills - Inform the young people of the benefits of networking with other professionals and effective techniques

Please note that opportunities vary on location and as such please contact community@bibbylinegroup.co.uk for further information.

Case Studies

 It is a crucial part of our partnership with the Prince's Trust to establish the impact our work is having on the young people enroled on the Enterprise Programme.  Please read on to see the amazing case studies we have received about the incredible individuals we have supported.

Leigh Hancox's Story

Leigh Hancox was 28 years old and unemployed when he approached The Prince’s Trust. He was married with one child and his wife was expecting their second baby and they lived in rented accommodation in North Liverpool.

In a bid to distance himself from the negative mentality shared by young men in his local area negative, Leigh took a decision to join the Royal Navy and remained in post for four years. Upon his return to dry land, Leigh then took on various sales roles which he very much enjoyed and suited his solutions focused approach and naturally honed people skills.

Leigh then approached The Prince’s Trust with a very early staged business idea based on fixing electrical items for others. Leigh already spent a large amount of his spare time fixing items for friends and family and had a natural fascination with how items worked. This fascination started when he was younger and he wanted to explore and see if this could eventually become a career.

After completing the 4 day Explore Enterprise course, Leigh successfully applied to The Trust for a £3,900 loan to set up “LJM Repairs- Solutions for All Technology”. This has enabled Leigh to purchase the vital equipment needed to launch his business and he now works alongside his business mentor from his new office premises. Leigh is now building up a really strong customer base, so much so that he is already planning to move into a larger office space in the near future to accommodate the increased demand for his time and expertise.

Michael Sullivan's Story

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan reached out to The Prince’s Trust at just the right time, just before he reached the upper age limit of support at 30 years old. Michael previously worked as a Caretaker at a local High School in the Newport area which was a role he really loved. That was until one evening on his way back from work when he was assaulted and mugged, the attackers taking all his personal possessions including his set of keys to the school. The police were unable to identify the individuals involved in the attack and shortly after this incident, Michael’s employers decided to make him redundant. Michael was left jobless and with a family to support at home and suffered extreme anxiety which resulted in him not wanting to leave the home for fear of being attacked again.

During his time at home, Michael was customising games controllers for friends and it was suggested by his partner that he look into possibly turning this hobby into a business. At first Michael dismissed the idea but it played on his mind until he eventually reached out to The Prince’s Trust to ask what the next steps were.

Michael has since been given the go ahead to launch his business and has set himself both personal and professional goals to keep him on track. He is finally excited to start this next chapter and feels confident thanks to the support of his fellow students, teachers and mentors along the way.

As The Prince’s Trust celebrates over 30 years of this fantastic programme, new analysis has found that it has created more than £49.1 million in social value! To find out how, visit The Prince’s Trust website here.

Teach First

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As many as 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty in the UK. They are less likely to do well at school, go on to higher education and fulfilling careers and lead happy, healthy lives.Teach First and Bibby Line Group believe this is wrong. In partnership, we are working towards a day when no child’s future is limited by their background.

Bibby Line Group is proud to support the work of Teach First, by funding the voluntary costs of recruiting, training, placing and supporting five Teach First teachers this year.

You can participate in our partnership with Teach First, supporting their leaders in schools and raising the achievement and aspirations of the children they work with, by taking part in Teach First’s volunteer programmes. Volunteering through the Teach First and Bibby Line partnership will give you a unique opportunity to make a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of young people from the poorest homes.

For volunteers, Teach First’s programmes can help to develop professional coaching skills, experience in presenting to tough audiences and offer a chance to network with other professionals.

Coaching – would you like to be a professional coach to a Teach First teacher?

Teach First offers their teachers the chance to be coached for a year by experienced professionals from outside the school context. Coaches support teachers to overcome and learn from the challenges they face in developing as leaders.

Volunteers receive bespoke training to help support a Teach First teacher to become an effective leader.

Workplace Visit - would you like to host a group of pupils and their teacher to develop their employability skills?

Workplace Visits offer a unique opportunity for you to make a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of the children and young people we work with. These workshops have been designed by Teach First in consultation with qualified teachers to inspire the next generation, enhance their employability skills and educate them about the variety of career pathways available to them, through interactive, immersive activities.

In addition to introducing young people to your own company, you will help them to develop their ability to work in a team, solve problems, communicate with confidence and approach tasks creatively. As an ambassador for Bibby Line Group, you will lead and participate in activities which inspire pupils to feel that careers such as yours are both aspirational and accessible.

Please contact community@bibbylinegroup.co.uk for more information on any of these brilliant opportunities.