Project information

Our Future Programme - London - Easter 2017

To raise £30,000 in order to fund 'Our Future' places for young people on our Easter 2017 employer engagement programme for disadvantaged young people in London.

Our Future is a paid work experience and employability programme for young people facing barriers to the labour market

April 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: The EY Foundation

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  • Need


    Many young people face significant barriers to making a smooth transition from statutory education into the labour market - including low academic attainment. Research by the Chartered Management Institute found 89% of employers want young people to have previous experience of the workplace, but only 22% currently offered work placements.
    Every young person, regardless of background or circumstances, deserves a great start to their working lives and every UK employer has an active role to play


    Our Future is a paid experience of work for young people with significant barriers to making a smooth transition from statutory education into the labour market - including low academic attainment. Our Future is structured to create local career awareness, provide employability skills training and offer extended periods of work experience to its participants. It is tailored to the needs of employers and young people and aims to be a bridge between the two groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To have 15 young people facing barriers to employment go on the Our Future programme.


    » We will find young people through organisations that provide support before, during and after the programme and help with managing personal needs
    » We will run an intensive induction week to provide a solid base, then two weeks of quality employment engagement followed by 6 months 1-2-1 mentoring
    » We will engage local employer(s) to provide work experience for Our Future and encourage them to provide more accessible routes to employment

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

  • Impact


    Providing 15 young people with a wide range of skills, a paid experience of work and awareness of the different pathways into work. We will continue to work with them after the work experience through personal mentoring to support them in making important decisions. We have invested in our own ‘Theory of Change’ for Our Future. This allows us to measure the social impact of Our Future through tracking the path and progress of the young people, to demonstrate the long term benefits.


    There is a risk that we do not get enough young people to take part - this has been mitigated by past and current programmes being oversubscribed thus demonstrating demand. We also have a waiting list.
    There is a risk that we cannot find a host organisation to provide work experience. This has been mitigated by having a large network of employers that we have relationships with and a demonstrably successful programme to offer.


    We have many social media channels that we update with information about our programmes and the young people taking part. We can highlight the progress of Our Future and capture some of the young people’s stories.
    We can also provide a monthly and final summary email detailing milestones.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Our Future Detailed breakdown can be provided
  • Background


    Our young people will come from all over London and will be sourced through our partner organisations.


    Our young people are 16-19 year olds who are facing barriers into work and are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET).

    The requirements are:
    >> they are 16-19
    >> enrolled on a full or part-time education course at school or college
    >> studying Level 1 or Level 2 BTEC qualifications
    >> they have 5 or less GCSEs - grade A-C
    >> they have 2 or more risk indicators from an identified list held by the charity

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our highly successful Our Future piloted in London in 2015 with 10 young people. In feedback, 100% of the group said that the programme had improved their chances of finding a job. We are now delivering the programme to a total of 23 young people in 2016 across two locations. As a charity we are experienced at running employability programmes for young people since 2012. We are best placed to carry out this project because of our professionalism, legacy, networks and ability to deliver.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Olawaye – Our Future Manager

    Peter is the OF Manager and is successfully leading the Easter 2016 Our Future programme in London and Manchester. He is passionate and experienced

    Nil Neale - EY Foundation London Hub Leader

    Highly experienced senior team member ensuring successful delivery of all programmes since 2014. Oversaw the development of whole Our Future programme

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