We’ve won an award for our partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

Our BT Work Ready team won the Fundraising Week Business Charity Award for a partnership in the telecoms and technology sector.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by UK businesses to good causes.

Our partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation supports young people into education and employment through our Work Ready programme.

[Read more: BT partners with Rio Ferdinand Foundation to kick start young people's careers]

Amy Caton, BT Work Ready Programme Lead, said: “I’m thrilled to get this recognition for the hard work of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and BT Work Ready teams after only one year of working together.

“Here’s to the next year and many more young lives changed for the better.”

Former England and Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand added: “Working with the BT Work Ready programme was a no-brainer.

“We were looking for a partner which had the same ideals, letting the next generation understand how tech is going to play a role in their future.”

[Read more: BT Work Ready scheme helps teenager turn her life around]

The award judges said: “Many of the young people taking part come from families of generational worklessness.

“The project has demystified the world of work for them, providing them with positive pathways to achievement.

“240 people took part in employment initiatives and work placements with BT and 200 progressed into further education, apprenticeships and employment.”

Do you have friends or family aged 16-24 who aren’t employed or in full-time education or training? Let them know about the BT Work Ready programme.

Find out more about the Rio Ferdinand Foundation >