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Impact and reflections: the first two years

July 2014 — June 2016

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Our first impact report, Impact and reflections: the first two years, shows our achievements, and the positive difference we are already having on young people’s lives, like 17 year old Abdi profiled below. It also outlines our ambitions as we work to break down the barriers young people face entering the workplace.

We are proud of the progress we have made over the last two years (July 2014-June 2016) as an independent charity, including:

  • working with 588 disadvantaged young people in 15 locations across our three programmes
  • Involving 1440 EY staff and partners in voluntary work with the Foundation, which makes our work possible
  • Generating £838,000, which has been reinvested back into the Foundation.

Our work has made us more convinced than ever of the need for systemic change in the way the UK prepares future generations for the workplace.

In today’s uncertain economic climate, society has a duty to equip every young person with the core “soft skills” they need to successfully start work and have the best chance of achieving a secure future. We focus on these core skills.

Together we can ensure every young person in the UK, whatever their background, gets the opportunities and good working prospects they deserve.

Read the full report

 Abdi, EY Abdi, 17 years old
Our Future, London

I grew up in East London in an area where schools are bad, and there is a lot of trouble going on around me, whereas on Our Future I got to learn a lot of things. We learned different skills. I gained a lot of knowledge about the way you speak to people and the way you present yourself. It taught me things to do and what not to do. It really helped boost my confidence. It let me know I achieved something.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the future. Now I want to get into the business sector and make a career out of it. I have my long-term career goals. My advice would be to go for it – what have you got to lose? Once you gain the confidence and skills the world is open to you – it is your oyster. No matter what your background is, there is nothing there to stop you.