Recently launched Aylesbury College Trust progressing well

  |  Published: Dec 13th 2013

In September, the new Aylesbury College Trust (ACT) charity was set up to help young people in Buckinghamshire who want to learn, get on and build a better life, but need a helping hand. Mark Webber, renowned Formula 1 Racing Driver and resident of Buckinghamshire, agreed to become ACT’s Patron. Mark has been working with the College to create The Mark Webber Youth Challenge, a competitive sporting event which will take place annually in Buckinghamshire, with the first event scheduled to take place next year at Silverstone.

ACT has three main strands:

  • A bursary fund to help young people in the county who have specific financial barriers to realising their potential
  • The design, promotion and management of The Mark Webber Youth Challenge
  • The development of a pre-employment ‘Inspire’ programme for young people yet to enter the world of work

Since the launch, five local organisations have signed up to become sponsors of ACT’s ‘Businesses Backing Buckinghamshire Youth’ campaign: Prolinx, Parton Road Properties Ltd, Buckinghamshire New University, Henkel and VTCT Specialist Awarding Organisation.

ACT is still looking for more sponsors and this is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to help young people make a positive start to their working lives. There are four different sponsorship levels available from Bronze, starting at £1,500, to Platinum at £15,000.

Andy Weller is Managing Director of Prolinx, a secure IT services company based in Oxford. He is a trustee of ACT and his company is a key sponsor. Andy said: “I grew up in the local area and am also a former student of Aylesbury College. I feel it is vitally important to help young people in today’s competitive working world and I’m delighted to give something back to the community.”

If you are interested in partnering with ACT, please contact Emma Child on 01296 588501

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