Get involved in Access Aspiration

The pandemic has severely affected young people’s journey into work, and the cost of living crisis is now further deepening inequalities. Our flagship corporate volunteering programme is helping young Londoners to get back on track by delivering much-needed careers support and guidance, at a time when young people are facing a lot of uncertainty around their future prospects. We target schools in boroughs where a high proportion of students are eligible for Pupil Premium and report a lack of access to businesses. Our Access Aspiration programme is designed to address this imbalance by providing careers support and guidance for young Londoners who are making key decisions about their future, but struggling to make links with employers.

To date, the programme has delivered over 18,000 employer encounters with over two thirds of students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Our students really need the work experience and confidence building – they don’t have family networks and connections in the world of professional work. The disruption caused by Covid-19 will only widen the gap between the privileged and the not privileged. I’m very concerned as it doesn’t seem to be a temporary disruption and looks to be ongoing.”   (Teacher, Brampton Manor Academy, Newham)

Become a corporate supporter of Access Aspiration today to:

  • Strengthen diversity and inclusion work – widening your reach to young Londoners from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Promote your business to a talented and motivated future workforce; and
  • Support your Environmental, Social and Governance considerations.

The programme also provides varied opportunities for staff engagement and volunteering.

Our partners and supporters include corporates* as well as government, public bodies and charities.

Your support will enable us to continue to run the programme with almost 3,000 sixth form students and ensure they continue to benefit from high quality employer encounters.

Contact us today and we would be happy to discuss options with you.

* A financial contribution is required.

The negative effects of the pandemic have made life even harder for young people, especially in relation to learning, jobs and mental well-being.

In our employability survey, over 40% of students we surveyed in the summer reported having little or no access to professional networks and 70% expressed concern about the impact of Covid-19 on their future careers (July 2020).

We responded swiftly to lockdown and drew up plans to deliver Access Aspiration online – over four months, 655 students attended our ‘Access All Areas’ webinars with industry speakers and we piloted remote work experience during the summer.  In 2019/20, we worked with a total of 32 schools across 18 boroughs.

This year we will deliver a blended online and face-to-face programme including live webinars, pre-recorded videos from industry professionals, business insights, CV and interview support and work experience placements.

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“I expected it to be a hard and tough world out there, and it is, but being here with Access Aspiration has made me want to be a part of something bigger than myself, to grow with all that there is to offer, and to be a provider of wholesome business.”

– Student, attended a Careers in Journalism webinar

“Many of our students are the first generation to go to university or to aspire for a career in sectors such as medicine, finance or law. Thanks to Access Aspiration the students practice interview techniques, learn how to present themselves and gain confidence in speaking to employers.”

– Teacher, Eastbury Community School, Barking & Dagenham