Greene King has pledged to create 1000 opportunities for young people in a new five-year agreement with the Princes Trust.

Under the new terms of partnership, funding will be increased by one third and invested into projects intended to raise the percentage of young people from BAME backgrounds the pubco employs through the trust’s programmes.

Greene King’s ambition is to support 1000 young people into its workforce over the five-year period, lifting the percentage of young people from minority ethnic backgrounds entering the business through the partnership from 24% to 40%.

Having worked with the charity for four years, Greene King has already helped to support 440 young people across the UK kick-start their careers through its Get into Hospitality and Ready to Work programmes.

The company also donated £20,000 to the trust’s Young Persons’ Relief Fund at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to help the charity provide practical and emotional support to young people across as range of areas from wellbeing to education.

The newly extended partnership will delivery its aim through a catalogue of programmes including ‘Get into Hospitality’ and ‘Ready to Work’ as well as recruitment through ‘Get Hired’ and The Prince’s Trust’s online Job’s Board.

The partnership programme will run alongside a number of diversity initiatives already taking place at the pubco, including an employee-led diversity group and a partnership with Diversity in Hospitality.

“We are really excited to announce this new partnership programme with The Prince’s Trust,” said Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie. “We have a longstanding and excellent partnership with a track record in helping young people from all backgrounds get into a rewarding careers. Supporting young people into careers now is more important than ever as we face globally uncertain times.

“The Prince’s Trust delivers outstanding programmes and opportunities for young people and we are delighted that in strengthening our partnership with them we will together achieve our common goals.”