3 minute read 18 Nov 2019
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Our Programmes

By EY Foundation

An independent charity helping young people

The EY Foundation helps young people facing barriers to entering the labour markets and supports social entrepreneurs scale up sustainably.

3 minute read 18 Nov 2019
Related topics Entrepreneurship

The four core programmes we deliver support young people facing barriers to securing fulfilling employment and social entrepreneurs to grow their business.

By connecting young people to the world of work, we in turn help employers to engage diverse, untapped talent who have the skills and experience they need. 

Smart futures
Ten-month programme for young people in Year 12 (England) and Fifth year (Scotland) of school who have been eligible for free school meals within the last six years. The programme offers young people the opportunity to develop their employability skills whilst completing a paid two-week work experience placement. Participants work towards a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 2 adult qualification and 10 months of mentoring support is available during their final year of studies.

Our Future
This programme supports young people qualifying for free school meals and who face significant barriers to entering the labour market. We work in partnership with employers, who offer two weeks paid work experience to young people. There is a focus on transferrable skills development, giving participants the opportunity to develop their skillset to become more employable. Like Smart Futures, participants work towards a CMI Level 2 adult qualification, with ten-months of mentoring support.

Accelerate
Helps social enterprises to grow and thrive, increasing their impact on local economies and affecting social change. We provide in-depth business support and mentoring, with access to skills training from business coaches, workshops, networking and project support. Each social enterprise will receive at least 35 hours of pro bono support from EY staff over a twelve-month period.

Beyond Your Limits 
This is our newest employability programme, spanning across a two-year period and working with 16-17 year olds who are in care and still in part-time or full-time education. The programme was co-designed with the input of over 80 care experienced young people, and support from the CareTech Foundation. 

The programme aims to provide the skills, support and opportunities to enable these young people to move into higher education, employment or training. It delivers various aspects including employability training, paid work experience, a personal development grant, a progression coach, financial literacy training, mentoring support and the opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification. 

Employability workshops
Our free half-day workshops are delivered to students in England and Scotland. They introduce young people to a range of careers, employability skills training and the chance to meet local employers. Key outcomes of this programme are to improve interview preparation, presentation, teamwork, attitude to work, confidence and raise awareness of the career options available to them. 

Summary

After launching as an independent charity on 1st July 2014, we have grown year-on-year to help more young people find a route into employment or education and support social entrepreneurs.

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By EY Foundation

An independent charity helping young people

The EY Foundation helps young people facing barriers to entering the labour markets and supports social entrepreneurs scale up sustainably.

Related topics Entrepreneurship