The EY Foundation works with a range of employers to provide young people facing barriers to entering the workplace with the skills, support, experience and opportunities they need to succeed.
Why work with the EY Foundation?
- Access a diverse talent pool
- Get young people work ready
- Provide your staff with quality volunteering opportunities, with CPD (Continual Personal Development) credits attached
- Support local labour markets and communities
- Network with like-minded employers
- Help meet social mobility compact requirements
Employers we have partnered with include:
What employers say
EY Foundation – Aldwyck Housing – Our Future: Nicky and Charmaine
We partnered with Aldwyck Housing on the Our Future programme, with Aldwyck hosting young people during their work experience. Watch Nicky and Charmaine talk about how they found the programme, and what they gained from their experience.
EY Foundation and Ministry of Justice: Danny’s story.
The EY Foundation recently worked with the Ministry of Justice on Smart Futures in Bradford. Here’s Danny’s story of what he gained from the programme.
Sharon Taylor, Head of Talent Attraction, Diversity and Inclusion, Home Office
“It’s opened the Home Office’s eyes to the breadth of talent we just hadn’t been reaching before. It’s made a great difference to their mentors who have grown individually. It’s also been fabulous to see the young people grow so much from the first time we met them to their graduation events. It’s been touching, it’s been heartfelt and we’ve absolutely loved it.”
Garrett Keown, Head Chef, Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
“With the EY Foundation young people have someone to work with and help them. At first our student, was very stone-faced, and maybe didn’t really want to be here 100%, but as soon as you got him involved and got him talking about food you could see that he was excited by it and it’s what he wants to do. I told him at the start of the week that on the last day he would be cooking a dish, so on the Thursday we sat down and he wrote a menu and listed what he was going to do to create it. On the day you could see he was very excited by it. He was very proud of his dish and was taking photos. By the end of the week I think he communicated a lot better. At the end he would talk to everyone, laughing, joking, and that was just after a week.”
Liz Cope, Senior Corporate Responsibility Advisor, Linklaters
“Social mobility is a priority of ours... EY Foundation do the recruitment of talented young people that we wouldn’t otherwise reach. Secondly, it’s a really good skills-based volunteer opportunity — our people can be mentors, facilitators, business experience hosts. Thirdly — the quality of the programme — what we want to get from it, and the quality of the candidates — was excellent. The feedback of the students we had here was really positive, and having that contact with such an array of students with a particular interest in law and being able to host them is really excellent.”
Rosie Mockett, Portfolio Policy Manager, Big Lottery Fund
“It was great to see young people not only breathe life into the individual roles they were given, but also come together and negotiate with other neighbourhoods to get the best result for their local beneficiaries. They were told at the start of the game that the rules were flexible and the story was theirs to shape, and they seized this opportunity to make the game their own. By the end, they realised that working together across communities requires everyone to put aside their egos to get the best deal for the largest amount of people. It demonstrated the natural leaders in the group, the diplomats and the provocateurs; they were a really talented group of people. And best of all, it was lots of fun!”
At the heart of our support for young people
We deliver targeted programmes for young people on free school meals and those who face barriers to entering the workplace. Our support is underpinned by:
- Paid work experience
- Skills development
- Chartered Management Institute qualification
- Networking with local employers
- Alumni events
- Broadened understanding of different post 18 pathways
Participant case studies
What our programme participants say
Zak, Smart Futures 2017
“I really liked getting business experience. It was the kind of job that made me think I wouldn’t mind doing this. And I would never have known that it existed if it wasn’t for Smart Futures. Straight after the programme I saw my friends and I was telling them about it. I felt really privileged. When someone asks me do I feel prepared for a job I now feel as if I could say I could go into a job next week.”
Selina, Smart Futures 2017
“My highlight was probably the Business Week — I really enjoyed that. I was part of EY TAS (Transaction Advisory Services). I think I can see myself doing this. I had an interview with the project manager and I found that really fun. I didn’t know this type of job existed!”
Ijaz, Our Future 2017
“During my work experience with the Tate I was prepping a lot of food, learning about different vegetables and food combinations, cooking techniques, what goes where, and organising stuff. It’s given me an idea of the type of kitchen I would like to work in. The personalities are amazing, everyone’s synchronised and everyone’s got their own bit. Being at the Tate has taught me discipline. It made me realise that I enjoy doing stuff that I wouldn’t have thought I would.”
80% of employers agreed that participating in an EY Foundation programme increased their awareness of talented young people in the UK*
of employers agreed that participating in an
EY Foundation programme increased their
awareness of talented young people in the UK*
* Figure from EY Foundation employers’ survey. Figures based on responders.
1,700 young people
300 employers have benefitted from our work
employers have benefitted
from our work
The Foundation’s created
5,000 volunteer opportunities