Orange has announced it will provide communications technology, mentoring and work placements for National Enterprise Academy (NEA) students.
The NEA is a young enterprise board providing 16 to 19 year olds with entrepreneurial skills.
Orange will provide netbooks, BlackBerry handsets, laptops, coaching and training and provide master classes at the Academy.
Orange, which is also the exclusive sponsor of the scheme, has provided three NEA scholarships to Barnardo’s, one of its charity partners.
Orange UK chief executive Tom Alexander said: “UK businesses play a pivotal role in transforming entrepreneurial culture in the UK.
“For us at Orange, constant innovation is essential in order to achieve our goal of becoming the best-loved telecommunications company in Britain.
“We work in one of the fastest paced industries in the world and it is therefore essential that we hire young people with the skills, ability and drive to become the future leaders of our business. The NEA is a superb way to do just that and we are proud to be supporting this great initiative.”
Telecoms entrepreneur and NEA founder Peter Jones said: “The NEA is designed by real business people to meet the real demands of the business world.
“Our aim is to equip young people with the mindset and skills that modern businesses need to thrive and prosper.
“Our partnership with Orange is therefore an invaluable asset to our students as they will be able to learn from Orange executives and get a behind-the-scenes look at the UK telecommunications market.”