Ahead Partnership uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. For optimal performance please accept cookies. For more information please visit our cookies policy.

Accept and continue|Manage settings


Showing posts for 2018

Get free Digital Careers resources for your school

We worked with a wide variety of the region's Digital employers to produce careers resources that would help young people understand the exciting opportunities available in Digital and Tech. Get the resources free of charge now.


20 Dec 2018

Bradford Academy Sponsor Day

Now in its fourth year, the Bradford Sponsor Day helps students between the age of 11 and 16 to develop the skills needed for life in employment, by providing pupils with an opportunity to talk to businesses about working life, and different career paths.


27 Nov 2018

Children's Take Over Day

Last Friday, students from Leeds West Academy were invited to Ahead Partnership’s head offices to take over our creative department for a day.


27 Nov 2018

BNY Mellon attend Interactive Panel at Rodillian Academy

This is part of a series of Digital focused events funded by United Way Worldwide through the generosity of BNY Mellon.


22 Oct 2018

Ahead Partnership's first Coffee & Catch up with Keepmoat

This is the first of a series of blogs where we catch up with some of the businesses that we work with, get to know what they do in more detail and why they get involved in our activites. This month, we had a chat with Matthew Lawrie from Keepmoat homes in Doncaster.


09 Oct 2018

Sixth form students to discover Birmingham's fintech sector with PWC

Sixth form students from schools across Birmingham are getting an introduction to the world of FinTech with the help of business volunteers at an interactive Industry Day at PwC’s city centre office.


27 Sep 2018

Students quiz the professionals at PwC and delve into the world of Professional Services

Students from schools across Leeds and Birmingham are getting an introduction to the world of professional services with the help of business volunteers at an interactive panel session at PwC’s city centre offices.


19 Sep 2018

Sixth Form students to discover Leeds' Fintech opportunities with PwC

Sixth form students from schools across Leeds are getting an introduction to the world of FinTech with the help of business volunteers at an interactive Industry Day at PwC’s city centre office.


18 Sep 2018

Laidlaw Scholars from Leeds University help primary school students with the WOW Factor

10 Laidlaw Scholar students from Leeds University took part in two World of Work (WoW) Days at primary schools in the city earlier this month, sharing their skills and knowledge with 60 primary school pupils.


30 Jul 2018

Bradford students create marketing campaign for First West Yorkshire

Local bus operator, First West Yorkshire, has worked with students from Parkside School in Cullingworth and Hanson Academy this month to design a marketing campaign to encourage more teens to travel by bus.


27 Jul 2018

Bingley students and Northern Powergrid host 1940s vintage community fair

Northern Powergrid partnered with social enterprise Ahead Partnership to deliver 'Watt a Community!' a brand new competition to get students thinking about vulnerability within their local community.


11 Jul 2018

Grey Coat Hospital School students visit top Victoria businesses

Year 9 students from Grey Coat Hospital School in London, got a chance to experience a real workplace with help from Victoria Business Improvement District.


10 Jul 2018

Pinsent Masons support Cockburn School ambassadors with communication skills

Pinsent Masons continue their fourteen-year support of Cockburn School with a workshop experience for their student ambassadors and Head Boy/Girl applicants this summer.


05 Jul 2018

BPS Birmingham to Stage its’ Third Professional Services Week Bringing Business and Schools Together

BPS Birmingham will be staging its third Professional Services Week between Monday 25 and Friday 29 June. The initiative aims to raise the aspirations of students currently studying in the region’s schools to consider a career in Professional Services, the largest and fastest growing sector in the West Midlands.


21 Jun 2018

New book highlights the global impact of Leeds innovators and pioneers - include Ahead Partnership!

A new book, ‘Leeds: Cradle of Innovation’, celebrates Leeds innovators of the past and present and sets the scene for future innovations.


14 Jun 2018

The Careers & Enterprise Company invests in local projects to help bring the world of work to life for young people in Bradford & Doncaster

The Careers & Enterprise Company today (7 June) announced the successful recipients of its £1.5 million Opportunity Area Fund which is invested in programmes across Opportunity Areas including Bradford, Doncaster and surrounding areas to help thousands of young people in the region prepare for the fast-changing world of work.


07 Jun 2018

Watt a Community! Northern Powergrid helps Middlesborough pupils raise awareness of vulnerable people

Northern Powergrid is helping year nine and ten pupils from Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough create their own community event to reach out to and raise awareness of vulnerable people in the area they live.


06 Jun 2018

Wetherby School students develop essential skills with exciting enterprise challenge

Year 9 students from Wetherby School developed their communication, presentation, teamwork and enterprise skills with the help of local business volunteers by designing their 'Hotel of the Future'.


01 Jun 2018

DLA Piper support inner city Leeds schools with Make the Grade

DLA Piper has supported over 1300 local students this academic year in a bid to boost employability skills and raise awareness of the career opportunities available in professional services in Leeds City Region.


31 May 2018

Capsticks Opening Doors prepares Birmingham students for life beyond school

Opening Doors with law firm Capsticks in Birmingham took place last month with a bespoke day to help prepare local Year 10 students for either university or life beyond school.


30 May 2018

University Academy Keighley's biggest interview assessment day

Business volunteers from Airedale Enterprise Services, Northcliffe Mortgages, Rotherwood Recruitment, UK Asset Resolution and Craven College were among the professionals giving University Academy Keighley's Year 10 students their first taste of a real interview in April.


28 May 2018

Ahead Partnership help Leeds West Academy students build their confidence with enterprise challenge

Ahead Partnership worked with local business volunteers from Barclays to deliver a series of enterprise workshops aimed at building the confidence of a select group of their students, allowing them to work on an exciting business challenge to develop skills such as communication, team work and business acumen.


21 May 2018

ARRIS help Titus Salt School launch GCSE Engineering course with exciting challenge

To help Titus Salt School in Bradford launch their brand new GCSE Engineering course in September 2018, global leader in entertainment, communications and networking technology ARRIS based in Saltaire challenged 22 of their students to an immersive Consumer Electronics Challenge.


17 May 2018

Birmingham Digital project welcoming schools and employers this autumn

With investment from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, we'll be starting a new digital project in the coming weeks to help young people in the region get a better idea of the exciting opportunities within the digital and tech sector.


09 May 2018

Make the Grade in STEM set to launch in Birmingham

Make the Grade in STEM Birmingham will include a range of exciting and innovative employer-led activities for young people next academic year to help link employers to young people and help them understand career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the region.


03 May 2018

Opportunities for employers and schools at Birmingham Professional Services Week

Professional Services Week is a week of activities across Birmingham for secondary schools to raise awareness of and enthusiasm for careers in the professional, financial and business services (BPS) sector. We have opportunities for employers and schools to get involved.


27 Apr 2018

St Wilfrid's students put their burning questions to Wakefield employers

Year 10 Media Studies students from St Wilfrid's Academy in Wakefield asked their questions about working in the creative industries with an interactive panel of Yorkshire businesses.


12 Apr 2018

#GirlTechLCR helps young women discover tech for Leeds Digital Festival

Female students from four schools across Leeds and Bradford are getting an introduction to the world of digital with the help of volunteers from tech firms across the Leeds City Region for Leeds Digital Festival.


12 Apr 2018

Gateley plc challenge students in Birmingham to open their own business

International law firm Gateley plc asked Year 10 students from Lyndon School and Tile Cross Academy to design and pitch a new idea for a pet grooming business in a bid to help them develop their business planning and essential employability skills.


11 Apr 2018

Farnley Academy mentoring programme graduates on track for success with help from KPMG Leeds

Year 9 and 10 students from Farnley Academy in Leeds have completed a group mentoring programme with mentors with KPMG. The mentoring is part of the NCOP programme which is aimed at supporting the most disadvantaged young people in England in progress on to Higher Education.


03 Apr 2018

Eco-friendly airline wins Birmingham Airport Challenge

An eco-friendly airline concept developed by students from Chelmsley Wood was awarded first place in The Birmingham Airport ‘Launch an Airline’ Challenge.


28 Mar 2018

Winners announced at final of ‘Made in Portsmouth’ competition at Gunwharf Quays

A panel of Dragons Den-style judges were wowed by the business plans and innovative product ideas that were showcased by teams of students as part of the Made in Portsmouth project.


23 Mar 2018

Integrated Bradford Make the Grade wins T&A Schools Award

Our Make the Grade programme with Integrated Bradford won a Telegraph & Argus Schools Award last Thursday 15 March.


20 Mar 2018

Leeds East Academy students hone their interview skills

Business volunteers from Arup, DLA Piper, Calbee, RBS and Transpennine Express were among the professionals giving Leeds East Academy's students their first taste of a real interview last week.


13 Mar 2018

Free Northern Powergrid education resources launched to support local teachers and pupils

Northern Powergrid, the region's electricity distributor, has launched a suite of new education resources to help teachers deliver science, technology, engineering maths, (STEM) and citizenship lessons to 7 to 14 year olds.


23 Feb 2018

Gunwharf Quays launches Made in Portsmouth challenge

24 students from The Charter Academy, Portmouth Academy and King Richard's School were set a special challenge by Landsec and Gunwharf Quays earlier this month - with an enthusiastic response from local students.


22 Feb 2018

Successful project encourages city students to stay on in Leeds

#INLEEDSDAY2018, a student-led initiative that supports graduate retention across Leeds, will see businesses host groups of students on a series of workplace visits and has attracted support from Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse Minister.


19 Feb 2018

Leeds pupils sleep out to help homeless young people

Pupils at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds will be swapping their beds for sleeping bags this Friday (23 February), to raise funds for youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.


18 Feb 2018

Government's new Careers Strategy: What does it mean for employer engagement in schools?

We work in partnership with businesses at a local and national level, to ensure young people are afforded the opportunity to meet professionals from all industries and walks of life. We want all volunteers to understand what this new strategy means for them, and how their work will be valued by schools.


14 Feb 2018

Trinity Kitchen Challenge launches for fourth year

Young people from six schools in Leeds and Bradford are getting an opportunity to hone their business and enterprise skills with a unique challenge from Leeds’ Trinity Kitchen – the pop-up street food space at Trinity Leeds shopping centre in the city centre.


12 Feb 2018

Carr Manor School & Capsticks take Social Action for Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Leeds charity Jane Tomlinson Appeal challenged 20 students from Carr Manor School to come up with a brand new fundraising idea as part of a Social Action project we've been running with the school.


25 Jan 2018

Whitcliffe Mount School's Year 7 take on the world of work

Year 7 students from Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton learned all about the world of work from a host of local businesses this week, with 280 young people taking part in a Business & Enterprise Day.


25 Jan 2018

Ahead Partnership secures national Chamber Business Award

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


08 Jan 2018