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


For over a decade, Ahead Partnership has been connecting employers with education, public and private sector partners, using partnership as an engine for social and economic change. 




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Why it works

Make the Grade is a proven, externally validated model which is supported by some of the UK’s largest employers, the Department for Education (DfE), government and the European Commission.


Make the Grade is a bespoke service that links your organisation with schools/colleges in your operating or target areas. Together with you we plan and deliver activities for students which offer them ...


The government’s new Careers Strategy highlights the importance of employers’ involvement in careers programmes, and how their taking part in well-planned, face-to-face activities with young peopl ...


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“The role of businesses is crucial in supporting education institutions to prepare young people for the world of work. We brought in education partner Ahead Partnership to manage our [mentori ...

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“Ahead Partnership enable us to give local students a more confident, positive start to their careers and for our team they really develop the coaching and leadership skills that are so vital to our ...

Neil McLean CBE

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Martin Dean

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Gerald Jennings

Gerald Jennings Portfolio Director, Land Securities
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Colin Fyfe

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Stephanie Burras CBE

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Local solutions to youth unemployment Across the Leeds City Region, Ahead Partnership is part of the Talent Match consortium Talent Match is a £108 million national investment by the Big Lotter ...

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About the programme

How it works Young people engaged with Talent Match are each supported by a Key Worker who provides 1-2-1 support and mentoring for up to 12 months. When it becomes appropriate to seek empl ...

For employers

The Employer Charter All employers wishing to be part of Talent Match must sign the Talent Match Employer Charter. The Charter has been developed based on consultation with young people in ...

Changing lives: Ross’ Story

“I hope this project will give young people in the area a source for the right links..." Ross, Talent Match AmbassadorChanging lives: Ross’ story Ross has experience of being long-term unem ...

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Careers event, This event provides the opportunity for businesses to talk to students about working life, their sector and different career paths. Volunteers are asked to attend a marketplace event ...

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Brand Resources In this folder you will find information about how to present our brands consistently. The folder contains resources for Ahead Partnership's main brand and also our Make the Grade pr ...

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Using our logos This guidance applies to our Ahead Partnership main brand and also our Make the Grade programme brand. Default appearance In the majority of instances the logo shoul ...


Careers at Ahead Partnership We're delighted that you're considering joining the Ahead Partnership team Starting in Leeds in 2004 and now operating across the UK, Ahead Partnership is a social ...


Our events raise awareness of the roles available across the UK, as well as promote awareness of the opportunities that young people can aspire to. From Careers Events to Interview Practices to Ent ...

Volunteering Activities

How can you take part in our volunteering activities? Interested in getting your business involved with local young people? Want to develop your own skills, such as presenting, communicating, ...

Case Studies

Talent Match - Case Studies

Job creation with Veracity

How Talent Match has changed Ben's life: Developed confidence in using public transport Increased his independence Helped Ben organise his life into a positive routine Ben now has freedom to ...

Job creation with Codeblue Communications

Benefits for business: Opportunity to identify areas for improvement for your induction process Access to a broad range of 'work ready' young people Uncover strong candidates that will enhance ...

Trinity Kitchen Challenge

Trinity Kitchen Challenge Budding entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a pop-up restaurant to business dragons. Landsec challenged pupils to create a food stand for Tri ...

Arup Engineering Awareness Week

Arup Engineering Awareness Week Designed to give an in-depth insight into the world of engineering, Arup volunteers from different areas of the business support a week of activity with budding engi ...

Become a school governor

The benefits of becoming a school governor Build stronger links with your local community Gain experience of thinking strategically and discussing high level decisions Develop your ability to ...


75 students from schools in Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale were invited to #GirlTechLCR - the 'tech for girls' event aimed at better educating young women about career paths in digital.

Interview Practice at Wakefield College

750 students from Wakefield College got an opportunity to hone their interview skills with help from over 50 local business volunteers at the college’s city and Castleford campuses.


Students from three of Leeds' universities got a deeper insight into graduate career opportunities in the city thanks to a diverse range of businesses and a day-long challenge.

Premier Farnell Technology Challenge 2017

Premier Farnell Technology Challenge 2017 Key Stage 5 students are given the opportunity to learn about the latest coding technology and design their own concept to help others with the help of Prem ...

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Social Action Project with Centrepoint and YBS

Social Action Project with Centrepoint and YBS Students from the Co-operative Academy of Leeds chose to raise money and awareness of youth homelessness for national charity Centrepoint with help f ...

Merrion Centre Challenge 2018

30 students from Year 9 and 10 at Leeds City Academy, Swallow Hill Community College and Roundhay School were invited to the Merrion Centre where they were tasked with a brief to design a marketing sc ...

Deutsche Bank Insight Day

Students from five Birmingham schools took part in an interactive Insight Day with one of Birmingham's forefront financial services employers, Deutsche Bank.

First West Yorkshire Marketing Competition

Business volunteers from the Bus 18 scheme challenge sixth form students in Bradford design a marketing campaign to encourage more teens to travel by bus.

Bradford Employer Opportunities 2018-19

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Hopeful Families Calderdale Employment Event

Designed to give employment seekers in Calderdale help, advice and support on employment opportunities in the local area, this first ever event with partners Halifax Opportunities Trust proved a huge ...

Made in Oxford 2018

Made in Oxford 2018 OBJECTIVE: To give students aged 14-15 the opportunity to work in partnership with a business on a project to develop their awareness of environmental sustainability and enhanc ...


#SustainableXmas will challenge Leeds secondary students to create their own initiative to help local businesses and their customers to use less resources this Christmas. Launching in October at M ...


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The #AheadInFinPro talent scheme aims to give organisations the opportunity to work together to help students get ahead in financial & professional services, create a more inclusive future for young p ...


Throughout December we're encouraging our volunteers to support young people internationally as well as in their local area by pairing our volunteering opportunities with fundraising for Save the Chil ...

Apprenticeships Yorkshire

Apprenticeships Yorkshire 25th May 2015 Where do I find out more information about apprenticeships? Where can I find an apprenticeship in Leeds? How do I apply? What skills are employers looking ...

Craig Looker inspires learners to Aspire2Work

Craig Looker of Gordons LLP inspires learners to Aspire2Work 17th June 2015 Craig Looker, Solicitor at Gordons LLP in Leeds, has contributed enormously to Aspire2Work, the programme which supports ...

Raising Aspirations amongst Aspire2Work Students

Raising Aspirations amongst Aspire2Work Students 22nd May 2015 Northern Powergrid, Natwest, Royal Air Force – just some of the big names exhibiting at a Raising Aspirations Careers Fair held rec ...

Leeds employers matched with local young talent

Leeds employers matched with local young talent 7th May 2015 Last week saw the first Talent Match Matching Event take place with Pinsent Masons playing host to a number of businesses and young pe ...

Primary pupils in maths technology challenge!

Primary pupils in maths technology challenge! 5th May 2015 Through the Make the Grade programme, five schools from the Navigate Trust in South Yorkshire took part in an Enterprising Challenge for ...

Aspire2Work workshop inspires budding entrepreneurs

Aspire2Work workshop inspires budding entrepreneurs 27th April 2015 As part of the Aspire2Work programme, in partnership with Aspire-igen, David Guild from the Business Enterprise Fund educated s ...

Make the Grade Placements are launched!

Make the Grade Placements are launched! 13th April 2015 A launch session was held for 24 Year 12 Co-Operative Academy students. The aim was to prepare students for their 10 week placements beg ...

Jarrow students learn about the Energy Sector

Jarrow students learn about the Energy Sector Year 9 students from Jarrow School in Sunderland recently went on a workplace visit to Northern Gas Networks in Sunderland. The purpose of this visit wa ...

Calbee Make the Grade as a Lead Partner

Ahead Partnership are delighted to welcome Calbee Foods who have joined their Make the Grade programme.

DLA's Debating Masterclass

Students from Abbey Grange Academy brushed up their public speaking skills with a masterclass by DLA Piper’s Head of Service Management “Robin Goldsbro”. The 2 hour workshop gave students fr ...

‘CSR City’ is here!

In partnership with CSR City Birmingham‘CSR City’ is officially launched! It’s offical, ‘CSR City’ and ‘Make the Grade’ Birmingham are officially launched following a successful, ...

Absolutely Retail

Winning team from Roundhay School Sampling some of the luxury products Harvey Nichols Leeds offerLuxury lifestyle store inspires young local entrepreneurs Thanks to leading luxury retail ...

Northern Powergrid and Ahead Partnership Make the Grade in Energy

Ahead Partnership and Northern Powergrid win CIPR Community Relations Campaign award.

Premier Farnell and Leeds Beckett inspire Yorkshire students

Premier Farnell is partnering with Ahead Partnership and Leeds Beckett University to run an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based challenge for 11 secondary schools in the L ...

Carr Manor Careers Event by Spina Noorzai (Year 10 Work experience student)

Carr Manor Careers Event by Spina Noorzai (Year 10 Work experience student)

Working at Ahead Partnership by Spina Noorzai (Year 10 Work Experience student)

See what else we have been up to at Ahead Partnership > > > Working at Ahead Partnership For 2 weeks I worked with Ahead Partnership for my work experience. It was probably the longest 2 weeks of my ...

STEM Event 2016

Bringing STEM subjects to life for young girls In an ever changing world it is apparent that there is a widening skills gap in all industries. One industry that see’s such a divide in not only ski ...

Students Get the Codebug

STUDENTS GET THE CODEBUG! As part of our Make the Grade programme, which brings together businesses and schools to meet with the economic priorities of local areas to create a lasting and posit ...

The Premier Farnell Wearable Tecnology Challenge...the ideas

The Premier Farnell Wearable Technology Challege 2016 saw several interesting and innovative submissions. All were well researched and designed and soundly presented at the finale on the 15th MarchNet ...

The Premier Farnell Wearable Technology Challenge - And the winner is...

This challenge was created and funded by our lead partner Premier Farnell The challenge was supported by Leeds Beckett UniversityNetherwood takes Codeburg Crown in wearable technlogy ch ...

Ahead Partnership Makes The Grade With £250,000 Funding Success

Ahead Partnership has secured nearly £250,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company Innovation Fund to extend its Make the Grade programme within three areas; Tees Valley, Leeds City Region and Birmi ...

Selfridges Challenge leaves children 'in awe'

Selfridges Challenge leaves children 'in awe' Fantastic feedback received from Ark Rose Primary School in Birmingham following the Selfridges 'Fashioning a Sustainable Future' challenge: "Both our ...

Make the Grade Launches in Tees Valley

Make the Grade expansion into the North East is supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company Fund Make the Grade in Tees Valley is being run in Partnership with NYBEPAhead Partnership 'Ma ...

Governors needed for Gooseacre Primary School

Gooseacre Primary School are looking for governors!!! Gooseacre want your professional skills, clear thinking and willingness to challenge and push the school harder. The school believe in effectiv ...

Our business partner results show the real value of volunteering

We examine the results of the feedback we received from businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries that took part in volunteer activities across our three current programmes to show the power of e ...

Moments of Choice: what does this report mean for your school?

With the ‘Moments of Choice’ report released in August 2016 we wanted to take time to reflect on what the report’s findings mean for young people aged 11-18 across the UK.

Our Chief Executive wins White Rose Community Award

We were thrilled to discover earlier this month that our Chief Executive and founder, Stephanie Burras CBE, is the recipient of a White Rose Community Award.

Apprenticeships: the right choice for me and so many others

Larissa, our apprentice Project Administrator, shares her experience of the apprenticeship programme and why families should consider their options carefully.

Light Up Leeds & Sunderland with Northern Powergrid

Winning pupils from Parklands Primary School in Leeds and Hudson Road Primary School in Sunderland have been made VIPs for the night after winning the Northern Powergrid Light up Leeds and Light Up Su ...

Primary School pupils to take over Ahead Partnership for the day

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Parklands Primary School in Seacroft will be taking over our Head Office for the day on Friday 18 November, making the decisions that shape our business and programmes for you ...

Parklands Primary School take over our Head Office

We were joined by Moris, Ben and Callum from Parklands Primary School who, after writing exceptional letters of application to join our board, were chosen by their own school council to be our board f ...

Careers panel boosts Citizenship Training Day at Leeds West Academy

Panellists from a range of businesses and industries opened Leeds West Academy's Citizenship Training Day last month with a Careers Panel for Year 7 and Year 12 students.

Leeds City Academy get a grilling from the professionals

Leeds City Academy students get a grilling from the professionals Business volunteers from KPMG, Yorkshire Building Society, Headingley Chiropractic Clinic and the University of Huddersfield wer ...

Lightcliffe Academy talk mental health

Read more about the first Mental Health & Resilience Day at Lightcliffe Academy > > Lightcliffe Academy talk mental health Year 11 students at Lightcliffe Academy in Halifax took part in the school' ...

Key Stage 4 students delve into the world of work at John Smeaton Academy

Key Stage 4 students delve into the world of work at John Smeaton Academy Students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 at John Smeaton Academy took a tour of the careers and post-16 options available i ...

KPMG help students understand dangers online

Business volunteers from KPMG ran an interactive cyber security workshop with Year 8 students at Leeds City Academy last month, helping them to understand the benefits and dangers of using social medi ...

Westminster City School shows students the possibilities

300 students from Westminster City School got the opportunity to meet employers from across the city of London this week with an interactive careers fair.

Year 10 students learn about trade and logistics from global employer DP World

Year 10 students in London got the chance to find out more about a local (and global) employer with an interactive workplace visit to DP World and their P&O Heritage Collection.

BUSINESS BLOG: 5 Star Futures with DWF

BUSINESS BLOG: 5 STAR Futures with DWF by Gail Taylor, Diversity & Community Engagement Manager for DWF LLP Our Business Blogs are an honest insight into the partnerships we have with busi ...

A life without hope - thoughts on the Prince’s Trust Youth Index

A life without hope - thoughts on the Prince’s Trust Youth Index by Stephanie Burras CBE, our Chief Executive The report published by the Prince’s Trust of recent research on anxiety amongst ...

Land Securities launch Girls Can Do It Too

Yesterday saw the launch of Girls Can Do It Too, an exciting new Make the Grade project from Land Securities which hopes to inspire young women to explore careers in construction.

Is your business apprenticeship levy-ready?

Useful online resources to help you understand the Apprenticeship Levy: Online Apprenticeship Calculator HM Revenue & Customs Policy on Apprenticeship Levy Learndirect: Apprenticeshi ...

Westgate Shopping Centre challenge students to Made in Oxford pop-up shop competition

45 students from St Gregory the Great Catholic School, City of Oxford College and Oxford Academy were set a special challenge by Land Securities and Westgate Shopping Centre earlier this week.

Carleton High School get a closer look at careers in Pontefract

800 students at Carleton High School quizzed local employers about opportunities and career routes at a careers marketplace event in Pontefract this week.

Barclays focus on confidence with Year 8 students at Acland Burghley School

Business volunteers from Barclays helped Year 8 students develop their self-confidence with an interactive workshop day at Acland Burghley School last month.

Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre introduced to the world of work

Year 8 students from Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre in Barnsley got an early introduction to the world of work with the help of Ahead Partnership and 17 local employers this week.

Leeds East Academy inspired by local firms

Leeds East Academy's Year 8 and 11students got the chance to quiz local employers on career path options and the experience and knowledge required to work in a wide range of sector this week when 16 b ...

BUSINESS BLOG: #GirlTechLCR with Epiphany Search and She Does Digital

BUSINESS BLOG: We jumped at the opportunity to talk to young women across Leeds about creative design in the digital sector.

BUSINESS BLOG: WYG's experience of Make the Grade

To perpetuate our industry’s success, it is of vital importance that we inspire future generations to our careers and nurture new talent. This is exactly what our excellent relationship with Ahead P ...

Apprenticeship Reforms Survey: Is your business ready?

Apprenticeship Reforms Survey: Is your business ready? As a valued partner, we would like to understand how prepared you are for the forthcoming apprenticeship reforms. We would appreciate your ...

Progress 8 and Attainment 8: A guide for business

Schools had their first batch of Progress 8 and Attainment 8 data earlier this year - but what are these new grading systems? This is important as your future workforce are part of these new measures.

Carr Manor Community School students complete mentoring programme

Year 9 students from Carr Manor Community School in Leeds have completed their sixth mentoring programme - with a glitzy Oscars-style ceremony to celebrate their achievements!

Buttershaw College get to grips with Business & Enterprise

Year 9 students froom Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College in Bradford got an interactive day off timetable to understand more about the world of work and the key behaviours employers are looking ...

Getting Ready for Work: how can we better prepare young people for their future careers?

We break down four of the recommendations made by Ofsted for improving relationships between schools and businesses. Whether you’re an employer or an educationalist, you’ll find something in these ...

Grange Technology College STEM success

Year 8 students at Grange Technology College in Bradford took part in an interactive STEM Day last week, with 300 young people getting a better insight into the job roles and opportunities available i ...

Businesses from the Fitzrovia Partnership come together for local students

Fifteen businesses from across the Fitzrovia Partnership attended their flagship careers event on 16 May to give local students a deeper insight into the career opportunities available and what employ ...

The Hard Facts on Soft Skills: Yorkshire companies reveal the most in-demand skills for software development and testing

Fruition IT, a Leeds-based recruitment agency, have recently published their own research into the current demands of companies looking to recruit and grow within development and testing here in Yorks ...

Business & enterprise take centre stage at University Academy Keighley

Local employers joined Yea 11 students at an exciting Business & Enterprise Day designed to help young people focus on their futures.

Ahead Partnership to receive further funding from government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company

£5million will be invested in careers and enterprise programmes across the country thanks to the Careers & Enterprise Company. Ahead Partnership will receive over £150,000 to grow their Make the Gra ...

Crawshaw Academy mentoring success for the sixth year

Year 9 students from Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey, Leeds have completed their sixth Make the Grade mentoring programme with business volunteers from Zenith, aql, Aramark and thebigword.

White Rose Shopping Centre support students in South Leeds

White Rose Shopping Centre has supported over 1700 students this academic year in a bid to boost employability skills and raise awareness of the career opportunities available in retail, management an ...

BUSINESS BLOG: Arup's experience of Make the Grade

We’re a unique and independent organisation because we are owned by our employees, so we can make sound decisions for the future, choose our own clients and deliver solutions that are high in qualit ...

Ahead Partnership win top award at Leeds Trinity University Employability Awards 2017

We're delighted that last week Ahead Partnership was announced Most Rewarding Professional Placement a the Leeds Trinity University Employability Awards 2017. The awards were presented for the first ...

King Edward's School explore the diversity of STEM with Ahead Partnership

Over 100 Year 10 students from King Edward's School in Birmingham took part in an interactive STEM Day last week. The day profiled routes into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers a ...

My work experience at Ahead Partnership

In July we were asked if Matida, a student at Leeds West Academy, could join our marketing team to get some hands-on learning about the industry and the skills she would need to succeed. Here, she tel ...

Sixth form students get a taste of sweet success with Gateley plc

Year 12 students from Bordesley Green Girls' School took on the Just Desserts Challenge hosted by national law firm Gateley Plc at their offices in Birmingham this month.

Rodillian Academy sixth form tackle life skills

Year 12 students at Rodillian Academy in Leeds took part in an interactive Life Skills Day last week, with 80 young people building vital soft skills with a series of fun, practical activities with em ...

Year 9 get an introduction to the world of engineering with WYG

Year 9 students from Abbey Grange C of E Academy in Leeds and Lightcliffe Academy in Halifax took part in an interactive engineering day with business volunteers from global engineering consultants WY ...

Titus Salt School get stuck into STEM Day in Bradford

120 students from Titus Salt School in Bradford got a closer look at how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects can lead to successful and diverse careers with the help of voluntee ...

Social Mobility in the UK: over-looking soft skills could be as big a threat to employability as job-pinching robots, automation and AI

The Sutton Trust’s new report, The State of Social Mobility in the UK, has been causing a bit of a stir. Articles have drawn attention to the report’s prophetic warnings about technological disrup ...

Results Day - the good, the bad and the ugly

With the sound of students across the country ripping open their GCSE and A-Level results envelopes this week and next, the media are focusing on the lowest University application rate in eight years ...

Premier Farnell Technology Challenge inspires next generation of coders

Students from sixteen schools and colleges across Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale are getting an introduction to the world of technology with the help of global technology firm Premier Farne ...

Ahead Partnership named Regional Winners in British Chamber Business Awards 2017

We're delighted that Ahead Partnership has been announced regional winners for the Education & Business Partnership Award at the Chamber Business Awards 2017.

Guiseley School students master interview technique with the help of local businesses

Guiseley School students master interview technique with the help of local businesses Business volunteers from O2, JM Glendinning, Yorkshire Building Society and Easypay Services were among th ...

BUSINESS BLOG: Our experience of being a Make the Grade partner by RBS

NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement. As part of our wider commitment to ou ...

Students and businesses encouraged to 'Make the Grade' in Sheffield

Ahead Partnership will extend our nationwide Make the Grade programme when it launches in Sheffield on 8 November. Calling upon organisations, schools and colleges from the South Yorkshire region to ...

Outwood Grange Academy students get first taste of Make the Grade

Business volunteers from Arena Group, O2, XPO Logistics and Plexus Law were among the professionals giving Outwood Grange Academy students in Wakefield their first taste of a real interview last month ...

Girls Can Do It Too launches for second year

Last week saw the launch of Girls Can Do It Too, an exciting project from Land Sec which is set to inspire young women to explore careers in construction for the second year.

92% consider their future careers choices thanks to the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge

We have some great news to share. Feedback from 400 students that are involved in the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge has reported that 92% of students taking part have said that it has raised th ...

Strategic appointment to support Make the Grade in South Yorkshire

It is with great excitement that we welcome our most recent addition to the team; Dani Grant has joined us as Partnership Development Manager for South Yorkshire. This is a huge step forward for us an ...

Pontefract pupils Light Up Yorkshire with Northern Powergrid

Five pupils from The Rookeries Carleton Junior & Infant School in Pontefract took centre spot at the Wakefield Light Switch on after winning the ‘Northern Powergrid Light up Yorkshire competition’ ...

The Co-operative Academy Leeds explore Routes into Employment

Year 8 students from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds took part in an interactive Routes into Employment Day with business volunteers from a range of local employers earlier this month.

#INLEEDSDAY2017 to launch with support from Northern Powerhouse Minister

#INLEEDSDAY2017, an initiative that aims to support graduate retention across Leeds, has attracted support from Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse Minister.

Students showcase prototypes in regional final of Premier Farnell Technology Challenge

Each winning team will take to the stage to present to a panel of judges as they showcase the working prototype of a piece of technology that they have developed to meet the brief of helping someone w ...

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 cre ...

Ahead Partnership secures national Chamber Business Award

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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. As such, we want ...

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 ...

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.

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 loc ...

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 lesson ...

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.

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.

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.

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 busin ...

#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 Digit ...

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.

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 mos ...

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.

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) s ...

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 under ...

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 opportuniti ...

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 Keig ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 C ...

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'.

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 th ...

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 the second wave of Opportunity Are ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 b ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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.

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 bus ...

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 r ...

Coffee & Catchup with Henry Boot Construction

This is part 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 activities. This mont ...

Ahead Partnership launch #FinProLCR

Ahead Partnership, has today (27 February) launched a new Talent Scheme aimed at improving the pipeline of young talent persuing roles in the Professional and Financial Services sector in Leeds City R ...

Wellington Place welcome Women of the Future in Leeds

Working alongside Ahead Partnership, the event brought together representatives from businesses including Netpremacy, Mazars, Shulmans, Investec, BuroHappold Engineering, Willis Towers Watson, Equifax ...

Chaucer School's #WattACommunity Event takes off in Sheffield with Northern Powergrid

Students from Chaucer School in Sheffield have helped their local community step back in time by hosting a summer event with afternoon tea and music from across the ages. The pupils organised the even ...

Ahead Partnership receive Small Grant funding from Millennium Point Trust for #STEMFestWM

Ahead Partnership are a recipient from the Small Grants programme this year and the funding will be used to produce a week-long STEM Festival - #STEMFestWM - which will involve a series of exciting ha ...


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