Our objectives

Our mission is to ensure that - by 2021 - 90,000 young people graduate from our programme every year able to kickstart rewarding futures. Our objectives for achieving this are simple and meet the issues facing our young people, employers and partner schools & colleges.

Ensure a positive destination for every young person

Research shows that many young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, find it increasingly difficult to transition from education to rewarding employment.

It’s our objective to change this by providing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the experiences of work, mentoring, and masterclasses they need to transition from education to rewarding employment.

Young people who recall four or more employer-led activities at school are five times less likely to be NEET and earn, on average, 18% more than their peers who recall no such activities. On average, our young people experience nine or more employer-led activities compared with the benchmark four.

98% of students on our programme go on to a positive destination after they finish school or college, compared to the national average of 89% for all students and 86% of disadvantaged students. .

Work with employers to deliver a future workforce with the skills & experience to succeed

Young people need skills & qualification that go beyond formal qualifications in order to succeed. 

Almost half of businesses (45%) rank aptitude and work readiness as the single most important factor when recruiting. Broader skills such as resilience, communication and problem-solving are also highly important when recruiting, with 60% rating these skills among their top three priorities.

More than 4/5 of businesses across the UK also feel that the quality of careers advice that young people receive is not good enough.

That’s why we work with employers & expert organisations across the UK to ensure that our programme gives young people the skills, behaviours, and attitude to succeed in the modern workplace.

Every student takes part in a series of sequential skills for career success masterclasses, with their development tracked to ensure that they leave able to succeed in the workplace. Learn more about the impact of our masterclasses

Provide expert careers support for schools & colleges

Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering technical education reforms and is a vehicle for social justice.  

Young people who recall four or more employer-led activities at school are fives times less likely to be NEET and earn, on average, 18% more than their peers who recall no such activities.

We work in partnership with schools & colleges to provide students with the expert careers guidance and activities they need to succeed in the world of work.

Our range of employer-led activities, from whole-year group assemblies to one-to-one mentoring, help deliver 7/8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

All our activities are informed by external research, teacher and employer feedback, and the progression of our young people.

99% of teachers also said that our sessions built upon and enhanced their students’ prior learning.

Learn more about how we help transform young lives, or get involved and make a lasting difference.