Welcome to EY Foundation

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Our vision is that every young person in the UK, regardless of their background or circumstances, can begin to realise their career ambitions: making a successful transition into work, higher education or self-employment.

Our mission is to help every employer in the UK, regardless of size or sector, to play an active role in supporting all young people to realise their full work potential and drive social mobility.

Our purpose is to inspire and engage young people across the UK who are disadvantaged in the labour market and to support entrepreneurs, from social entrepreneurs to start-ups, to develop and grow their businesses.

We achieve this by:

  • Tackling some of the major obstacles to social mobility in the UK and the specific issues facing young people today, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Encouraging and enabling budding entrepreneurs, from social enterprises to start-ups, to grow their businesses
  • Raising funds to grow and develop programmes for the young people and entrepreneurs the EY Foundation has been set up to support
  • Working with other organisations that share our vision
  • Applying people, resource and knowledge to boost employment and enterprise in communities
  • Pioneering ways to engage employers in social mobility, youth employment and social enterprise.

Founded by EY on 1 July 2014, the EY Foundation is a UK charity that:

  • Helps young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, find alternative routes into employment and education, or even set up a business.

The charity is governed by a 10-strong board of trustees, chaired by Patrick Dunne (who is also chair of LEAP Confronting Conflict and D30). The board operates independently of EY in carrying out its work and achieving its objectives.

© 2016 The EY Foundation - registered charity: England & Wales 1157154 Scotland SCO45076