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Employers of all sectors and sizes can help our young people



Whilst everyone has suffered hardship through the pandemic, young people have been dealt a terrific blow as a result of school closures. Economic uncertainty and a challenging job market means that we need to double our efforts to help young people find their way forward.

Experts are predicting the gap in achievement between the best- and worst-off young people could widen by up 75% for those most in need, so in 2021-22 we're working harder than ever with our employer partners to improve young people's workplace skills and prepare them for life beyond COVID-19. 

With the help of businesses and volunteers around the UK we have been able to engage over 100,000 young people with our virtual programmes since September 2020, helping them to build their skills, face the future with more confidence and bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.

To ensure we can continue to work with employers to support disadvantaged young people across the UK we have created an exciting and innovative programme of activities that schools and their students can access online and that business volunteers can take part in even if they're working from home. 

As everyone transitions back to in-person environments, we have a mix of virtual and in-person opportunities available to volunteers this year.

Volunteering opportunities this year include:

Virtual Work Experience
These flexible work experience packages may include virtual interview sessions all taking place online or pre-recorded for students to access. If you're interested in sponsoring a virtual work experience week click here for more information >>

Virtual and In-Person Careers Panels
Our virtual and in-person interactive quiz format encourages students to ask business volunteers their own questions about career journeys and key skills for employment.

Virtual Mock and In-Person Interview Practice
Interview practice provides students with the opportunity to practice speaking about themselves to employers before they leave school. Interview questions and on-the-day support are provided by Ahead Partnership with each volunteer interviewing a number of students.

Virtual and In-Person Speed Networking
Virtual speed networking is an opportunity for students to gain insight into the roles available within various business sectors. Volunteers virtually ‘visit’ each classroom with a small presentation about their career journey followed by a Q&A. These may also be recorded for students to access from home.

Virtual Careers Carousel
These careers fairs are an opportunity to promote your organisation and industry to students. It will involve a short presentation to students, including sharing some images or a short activity that you will have prepared in advance that will help the students to gain a greater understanding of your sector.


All resources are provided with full briefings for your volunteers. Ahead Partnership facilitate each activity to make sure it goes smoothly and are on-hand to answer your questions at any point.

You can see our regional and sector-specific programmes on the menu to the right, or contact us today to get involved >>