Access Aspiration is our employability programme designed to create more visibility of careers for 16-18 year olds through aspirational employer encounters and experiences. But what impact does the programme have on students once they leave school? To find out, we talked to Access Aspiration alumnus Wumi, who is now 19 and studying Economics at the
Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find all of our latest articles on the work we and others are doing to help young Londoners lead happy and fulfilling lives.
How Access Aspiration kick-started my career
Ali Siddiqi took part in our Access Aspiration programme in 2018. He is now an Apprentice Surveyor at JLL. Here he shares his journey into work. Access Aspiration opened doors for me and gave me opportunities I thought I would never have access to. Not only did it help my confidence and grow my self-esteem,
My City and Me – Spotlight on: Tascha
It’s now been two months since we launched My City and Me – a project that gives young Londoners a creative platform to tell their Covid-19 stories. We have also joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to connect NYC and London youth and share experiences of the pandemic. We have seen
An update from our CEO
Three months ago, the world changed. Lockdown was announced and instantly much of our daily lives and routines ground to a halt. Though it was difficult in those first few weeks to assess precisely how much low income families would be affected, we knew there was no time to lose. So, we turned to you.
Why work experience matters
Social mobility in London is not sorted. Over the last few weeks, multiple new reports have shone a light on the fragmented social mobility landscape we see in our capital. Among other findings, our One City, Two Worlds report found that one in four young people from low-income backgrounds believe that ‘people like me’ do not
Tackling food insecurity in London
One in six (17%) children in the capital experience food insecurity, along with one in five adults (1.5 million Londoners), 36% of single parents and 32% of black Londoners. The survey also found that half (49%) of parents with children experiencing food insecurity are socially isolated. Sixteen percent of parents from food insecure households reported
“CREATIVITY WORKS HAS OPENED MY EYES…”
“University drop out, retail sales assistant and dreaming about making a difference through the media industry. When I came across the opportunity to join Creativity Works, I had just come back from volunteering with a film-team at a summer festival…another short-term opportunity. I was waiting for that big chance to arise to work full time
Go Girls fight for Gender Equality
Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women Only 13% of those working in STEM occupations are women The percentage of girls taking A-Level Physics has stayed at 20% for the last 20 years Last December, a team of passionate Year 6 pupils from Newham launched a campaign to promote gender equality in their community. The
Striving for victory at Drapers’ Academy
Last week, the Mayor’s Fund were invited to Drapers’ Academy in Havering to support their in-school Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 were invited to take part in the tournament after having practised hard in Maths lessons. In a real three-round tournament, the pupils challenged
Gifford gears up for Maths greatness!
A couple of weeks ago, we were invited by Gifford Primary School in Ealing to watch their in-school Maths tournament, in preparation for the Count on Us Primary Challenge. The Primary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, aiming to engage and excite Key Stage 2 pupils in the fun world of mathematics! Pupils
Alex Chisholm visits Enterprise Adviser school
Year 10 pupils at Barnhill Community High School shared their career aspirations with Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a visit organised by the Enterprise Advisers Network. The network was set up by The Careers & Enterprise Company to link senior business volunteers with
Norlington School crowned Maths Champions
Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics! At last week’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after becoming champions of this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge. In 2nd place came Gladesmore Community School