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A leap of faith led to success

29 August 2018

Dr Asha Patel, EY Foundation Accelerate newcomer and CEO of not for profit Innovating Minds, reflects on starting her own business and her continual drive for success.

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Colin Higgins, YES Works

17 April 2018

Colin Higgins from YES Works tells us about his experience with the Accelerate programme in 2017.

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EY Foundation impact report

12 February 2018

We’re delighted to launch EY Foundation’s latest impact report, outlining what’s been our most successful year so far.

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Liz Bingham, EY Foundation Trustee, discusses her 32 years with EY, and why the EY Foundation is a passion for her

10 November 2017

Liz Bingham joined EY 32 years ago and went on to open doors for countless others through her commitment to diversity and inclusion – and continues that work as a trustee of the EY Foundation.

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Another year, another Young People Week that was bigger, better, bolder than ever

25 October 2017

Two things really made this year’s Young People Week super special for me – our inaugural Young People Awards in the South and North, and the launch of our Young Women’s Network in London and Manchester.

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Victoria's Smart Futures Tour

21 September 2017

I have been fortunate enough to gain exposure to four Smart Futures programmes in three different locations, and what stood out for me most is seeing students who start off lacking confidence develop into young professionals in just three weeks.

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Leeds Partner Mark Pickard’s Midnight ‘Marathon in a Month’

03 August 2017

Take on EY Foundation’s ‘Marathon in a Month’ challenge, where you can walk, jog or run the distance over the duration of August. It is not too late to sign up, to begin just register here.

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A squeaky clean social ethos: Meet the Accelerate Social Entrepreneurs

20 July 2017

Social enterprise CLARITY joined our London Accelerate programme this year, and has used our mentoring and networking opportunities to forward its mission to train and support people with disabilities. As part of this, it has arranged to trial its products in our offices. Camilla Marcus-Dew, CLARITY’s Head of Commercial, discusses her work and experience on our programme.

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My Birthday wishes for the EY Foundation

04 July 2017

The EY Foundation celebrates its third birthday this week, and as with all birthdays, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as well as on what lies ahead.

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What Matters to Young People - a view from the EY Foundation Youth Panel

06 June 2017

With recent political debates focusing on social care, tuition fees and Brexit, we wanted to know what the important issues are for young people in this election.

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The challenges young people face getting a job – What’s your view?

17 May 2017

Do you have an opinion on what should be taught in schools? Are you aged 16-25 and living in the UK? Could you represent the voice of young people when discussing the challenge of moving into the world of work?

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What employers in Leeds are telling us about young people

15 May 2017

With Brexit on the horizon, the need for an effective roadmap for securing future talent is more urgent than ever. Employers nationally are already reporting that there will be a massive shortage of skilled workers unless something changes. But how does that manifest itself regionally?

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How the EY Foundation helped Accelerate my ambitions

2 May 2017

Looking ahead to May's London and Scotland 2017 Accelerate programme launches, we asked Accelerate alumnus Ed Cox about his experience, and his advice for other entrepreneurs.

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Solutions for young social entrepreneurs in emerging markets

23 November 2016

_SocialStarters develops solutions that provide short-term opportunities for consultants to travel and share their skills with young social entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

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An age of uncertainty: young people’s views on getting into work in 21st century Britain

14 October 2016

As National Work Experience Week comes to a close, and our very own EY Foundation Young People Week has its final day of celebration, it feels timely to share with you some of the findings from our recent report, released jointly with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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Recruiting young people from more diverse backgrounds is a business imperative

10 August 2016

There are so many unemployed talented young people; the EY Foundation ask why this is the case and how it can be rectified.

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Big Lottery Fund director Lyn Cole joins EY Foundation board

25 April 2016

Lyn Cole has joined EY Foundation’s board of trustees to help create employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the UK.

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Giving young people a great start to their working lives

12 April 2016

Our Three Year Strategy below sets out the EY Foundation’s plan to encourage and help thousands of young people into employment, education and enterprise by 2018.

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EY Foundation working with Trafford Council

18 January 2016

The number of young people in the UK not in education, employment or training may have hit an eight-year low, but the unemployment rate for 18-25-year olds in Britain still stands at a sizeable 13.7%. And according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) young people are experiencing the ‘worst economic prospects for several generations’.

The EY Foundation – is seeking to change that by working in partnership with local government and local employers to get more young people from disadvantaged communities into work by offering access to paid work experience and mentoring.

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Lavinia Cook on Success Princess and how EY Foundation’s Accelerate programme helped her

4 January 2016

Lavinia Cook, the Founder of Success Princess, recently took part in EY Foundation’s 2015 Accelerate programme. EY Foundation had an exclusive interview with the budding social entrepreneur to ask her about her business, her recommendations for young people wanting to set up a business and the benefits of EY Foundation’s Accelerate programme.

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Meet the EY Foundation Youth Panel

21 December 2015

The EY Foundation is proud to introduce you to our very first Youth Panel which launched in December 2015. The Youth Panel represents the voice of young people by constructively challenging and supporting stakeholders. They hope to act as role models to inspire change and innovation as well as influencing strategy and its implementation.

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Seeing is believing – why more employers are recruiting people from disadvantaged backgrounds

16 December 2015

“Teachers at my school often told me that I wouldn’t be able to pass my GCSEs. [EY Foundation’s] Our Futures programme helped me realise that I could achieve anything I wanted.” – Hodan, aged 17, EY Foundation Our Future programme (2015)

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Every young person deserves a Smart Future

3 August 2015

Chloe is 17 – she talks about the importance of paid business work experience for young people and what she got out of the EY Foundation’s Smart Futures programme …

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The impact of the budget on young people – 5 things you need to know

9 July 2015

George Osborne presented his first all-Conservative Budget since 1996 yesterday (8 July 2015). There were a raft of measures introduced which directly impact on young people aged 16 – 24 in Britain. If you haven’t had a chance to download the headlines yet, here are five key announcements you need to know.

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Smart Futures alumnus Charlie on how the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK

9 July 2015

Charlie is 18 years old and lives in Yorkshire. He took part in the Smart Futures programme in 2014 – a paid work experience programme for Year 12’s. He has just completed his A Levels at Brighouse High School and hopes to study at York University in September. Here he gives his views on how some of the measures in the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK.

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Smart Futures student Nicole on how the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK

9 July 2015

Nicole is 17 years old and studying for her A Levels James Allen’s Girls School in South London. She has just started the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme – a paid work experience programme for Year 12’s. Here she gives her views on how some of the measures in the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK.

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Smart Futures 2014 alumnus Daniel on how the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK

9 July 2015

Daniel is 18 years old and lives in London. He has just completed his A Levels and was a student on the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme 2014 – a paid work experience programme for Year 12’s. Here he gives his view on how some of the measures in the Summer Budget 2015 will impact on young people in the UK.

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Social entrepreneur seeks business coach to turn purpose into profit

16 December 2014

The latest blog from Maryanne Matthews, chief executive of the EY Foundation. This month she talks about the importance of skills capital to social entrepreneurs when growing a venture and creating profit for good.

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Apprenticeships are not a second class option to university – they create real choices for young people

23 October 2014

UK employers have a significant role to play in raising the profile and credibility of alternative routes into work.

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Supporting young people and entrepreneurs

1 July 2014

Read all about the EY Foundation, our mission, the people we help and our programmes in our new brochure.

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