See our Make the Grade case studies >>


 “Ahead Partnership take out all the effort, all the hassle of the logistics so that our staff are really able to maximise their volunteering time."

Chris Booth, Head of Office, Pinsent Masons

“Make the Grade has given me valuable interviewing experience which I have never had before - this will help me a lot with my career progression."

Ben Swift, Store Manager, PPG Industries



For employers


How it works

Because Make the Grade is a bespoke programme it works differently for different businesses and employers.

However, every Make the Grade partnership does share common features to ensure success:





Make the Grade links your business with schools to plan and deliver activities for students which offer them an insight into your industry and enhance their employability skills.

Activities vary according to local need. They take place in school or in your business (or both!)

Activities can involve groups of employers working together; can target students of any age; and are supported by volunteers from within your business. 


What sorts of activities do we do?

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From guest speeches and workplace visits, to employability workshops and inter-school challenges.

Find out what real encounters we offer young people through Make the Grade.

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