We believe that every young person should have the skills, attitude and opportunity to realise their potential through a successful and rewarding working life. However, the futures of far too many young people are determined by their birth and background, not potential. That's why we work across the UK to open up the world of work and provide authentic employer experiences for over 69,000 young people every year.
What we do
Since 2002 we've worked across the UK to transform over 150,000 young lives and boost social mobility by connecting young people aged 11-18 with employers and volunteers from the world of work.
Young people who experience four or more encounters with the world of work have significantly higher earnings by age 24 and are 86% less likely to be unemployed. There is also growing evidence of improved academic attainment.
Education & Employers
Through our range of employability activities, young people are able to unlock their talent, develop new-found confidence, and boost their academic attainment. Last year, our network of 5,000 volunteers from 1,000 employers helped transform the lives of 69,000 young people in 500 schools & colleges.
Who we support
Simply put, if you are born into a privileged or professional background you are much more likely to attend a top university and enter a skilled, professional job.
Those from better-off backgrounds are 80% more likely to be in a professional job than their working-class peers.
State of the Nation: Social Mobility in Great Britain; The Social Mobility Commission
We work to change this by supporting young people who - research shows - face disadvantage in education and employment:
- 29% of our young people are on FSM
- 42% of our young people are from BAME backgrounds, rising to 83% in London
- 55% of young people on our programme are female, with our STEM programme being 40%
- We work in 80% of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland, as identified in the latest SIMD rankings
As a charity, our life-changing work wouldn't be possible without the help of our employer partners, volunteers, and supporters. Here's how you can join our mission: