Project information

Our Future Programme - London - 2019

The EY Foundation will deliver a paid employability skills and work experience programme for disadvantaged young people who are at risk of becoming NEET. The Our Future programme will support their transition into work or further education and offer a CMI-accredited qualification in Team Leading.

April 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: The EY Foundation

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  • Need


    With youth unemployment over 12%, getting a job is a major hurdle for too many young people. Barriers are greater for the 3.9 million young people in the UK who are living in poverty, have language barriers, are homeless, in care or looking after relatives. Employers have high expectations of young people's employability skills but only 22% currently offer work placements. Every young person, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves to have opportunities to develop these skills.


    Our Future is a 6 month work experience and skills programme aimed at helping young people, aged 16-19, make a smooth transition from education into work. Our Future is structured to create local career awareness, provide employability training and offer paid work experience. It includes networking with local employers who have job vacancies, mentoring, skills development and alumni events. It is tailored to the needs of employers and young people; aiming to be a bridge between these two groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable 15 young people, facing barriers to employment, to partake in the Our Future programme


    » Recruit young people through local organisations that provide support before, during and after the programme and help them manage personal needs
    » Run an intensive induction week to provide a solid base, then two weeks of quality employment engagement followed by six months 1-2-1 mentoring
    » Engage local employers to provide work experience for Our Future students and encourage them to provide more accessible routes to employment.

    What success will look like

    1. Successfully enrolling 15 'target group' young people
    Then, before during and after:
    2. Young people - formalised feedback
    3. Employers - formalised feedback

  • Impact


    Our Future will offer 15 young people a wide range of skills, paid work experience and guidance to help them transition into the labour market. After their work experience, the EY Foundation will continue to provide 1-2-1 mentoring (six months in total) to support the young people in their future decision making. The Foundation has invested in a ‘Theory of Change’ framework to measure the social impact and long term benefits of Our Future by tracking the path and progress of the young people.


    Risk that EY Foundation is unable to recruit enough young people from its target group. Mitigation: EY Foundation works with local youth organisations to promote Our Future. The programme is now oversubscribed and there is a waiting list for interested participants.

    Risk of not finding host organisations to provide work experience for young people. Mitigation: building a network of employers that have long-standing relationships with the EY Foundation and have witnessed programme success


    The EY Foundation uses social media and its supporter newsletter to keep donors up-to-date with Our Future and the progress of the young people. Through these channels, and its annual impact report, the Foundation showcases young people’s stories from the start of programme, to graduation and beyond

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Our Future Detailed breakdown can be provided
  • Background


    Young people will come from across London; sourced through a network of local partner organisations. Training will take place at EY’s offices (More London) and work experience at either EY or a London employer partner’s offices.


    Young people aged 16-19, from low socioeconomic backgrounds, who are facing barriers into work and are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
    They must:
    • Be 16-19 years old;
    • Enrolled on a full or part-time education course at school or college;
    • Studying Level 1 or Level 2 BTEC qualifications;
    • Have five or fewer GCSEs (grade A-C; and
    • Have two or more risk indicators such as SEN; young carer or parent; in a care setting.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2012, the EY Foundation has run employability programmes for disadvantaged young people. 93% of which have gone onto further, higher, vocational education, employment or self-employment. Our Future launched in 2016 and 100% of participants said that their chances of finding a job had improved.
    EY staff come from a myriad of different backgrounds and cultures. Their experiences, and employer connections, make them perfectly positioned to work with and support young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Olawaye – Our Future Manager

    Over 6 years of relevant experience and insight. Joined in 2016 and also a trustee of a conflict resolution charity for young people (LEAP)

    Robert Pope - EY Foundation London Southern Hub Leader

    Highly experienced senior project manager. Involved in successful delivery of all programmes.

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