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AT&T supports Young Enterprise

AT&T, the leading global communications company, is making a $15,000 contribution to Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity.  The funds will support Young Enterprise’s Company Programme to provide mentoring and career guidance for students in Years 11 and 12 at Westminster City School in London and St Augustine’s Catholic High School in Redditch, Worcestershire.  In addition to preparing students for advanced education and careers, the pilot activities will foster mentoring relationships between AT&T employees in the UK and the student participants.

AT&T has a workforce of around 1400  in the UK of which half is located at AT&T’s Redditch facilities which include centres for global customer support and shared financial services and an IDC (Internet Data Centre).   London is the hub of AT&T’s regional business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Alex Parker, Vice President, Global Service Management, AT&T said: “AT&T’s Chairman, Randall Stephenson, has a vision of AT&T employees donating one million volunteer hours to support their communities.  On a personal level, I have benefited from mentors throughout my career at AT&T and understand the value, support and insight mentoring brings. In addition, these programs offer a rewarding and enriching experience to the volunteers giving their time as mentors. We are excited to have the opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences with young people at this important time in their lives and education.”

AT&T’s contribution will also fund master classes with sessions surrounding future study and career options, personal goal statements and interviews.  Some students may also have the opportunity to gain work experience through internships with AT&T and other local businesses.

AT&T has been providing career exploration opportunities in the US with Junior Achievement, the sister organisation of Young Enterprise. Junior Achievement is collaborating with AT&T’s Aspire Mentoring Academy to provide mentoring to students across the United States. AT&T employees are teaming up with JA to share life and career skills with students at risk of dropping out of high school to help prepare them for success in college and careers.

The Company Programme is Young Enterprise’s flagship programme for 15 to 19 year olds. Students taking part set up their own business for an academic year, mentored by business volunteers. AT&T employees will mentor students on the Young Enterprise Company Programme as they set up and run their own companies for an academic year