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We connect employers with education, public and private sector partners to widen their social impact. 

We work across the country with employers and educators to provide services that help employers to engage, inspire and motivate young people around skills, career options and future employment.

Our award-winning and externally validated Make the Grade programme is now in its seventh year and has had an impact on over 100,000 young people to date. 

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#GirlTechLCR - Yorkshire's Young Women inspired to go digital

Female students from six schools across Leeds and Calderdale are getting an introduction to the world of digital with the help of volunteers from tech firms across the Leeds City Region.

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Ahead Partnership secures national Chamber Business Award

We've been crowned the Best Business and Education Partnership nationally at the Chamber Business Awards 2017!

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Grange Technology College quiz the professionals

Panellists from a range of businesses and industries were quizzed by Year 9 and 10 students from Grange Technology College in Bradford earlier this month, with over 600 students getting the chance to hear from local employers.


Cross Gates Primary School take over Ahead Partnership

On Friday 24 November, the National Takeover Challenge hit Ahead Partnership when a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils took over our office for a full day of business activities.

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Premier Farnell Technology Challenge sees Prince Henry's Grammar School take the title

Today was the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge, which brought together teams from schools and colleges from Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield. Each was tasked with meeting the brief to create a working prototype of a piece of technology that would help someone with a physical or sensory impairment.