“Working with Ahead Partnership really helps us bridge those gaps in engineering. These links we have through our partnership programmes really help us to expose young people to these opportunities."

Mark Horsley, CEO, Northern Gas Networks


“I understand now that working hard and being able to work as a team will help me in whatever I do in the future."

Student, Westminster City School


Our purpose

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 For over a decade, Ahead Partnership has been connecting businesses with people and communities, using partnership as an engine for social and economic change. 

Our work covers a wide range of practical projects – always focused on the economic wellbeing of the partners and communities we support.

Our enterprise partnerships encourage self-reliance and launch new talent into business. With investment from Goldman Sachs we helped launch their very successful 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK for the benefit of over 900 businesses to date.

Our local regeneration partnerships work where needed to transform spaces for the benefit of local communities.

Our award-winning partnerships in education and skills connect schools and colleges with businesses to equip our young people for the world of work and strengthen the labour market for employers.


You can find out more about our exciting programmes here:

Make the Grade: our flagship programme, now operating across four regions, engaging thousands of children and young people each year.

Aspire2work: developing employability skills for 16-19 year olds.

FutureJobs: helping young people prepare for growing sectors in Leeds City Region.

Talent Match: supporting young people aged 18-24 who are furthest from the jobs market in the Leeds City Region.



“Since 2004 we've been achieving excellent outcomes for people in Leeds, Birmingham and London by providing first class partnerships between educators, communities and businesses. Our programmes have gone from strength to strength - along with the organisations and people we support."

Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive, Ahead Partnership


Our values

  • Open and respectful
  • Founded on effective teamwork
  • Committed to impact through excellence
  • Focused on a clear organisational purpose 


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