EY Foundation

EY Foundation

Young people eligible for free school meals are 3 times more likely to be unemployed by the age of 27 than their peers. EY Foundation’s ambition is to enable the 2 million young people eligible for free school meals to have an employment and earnings potential that is equitable to other young people in the UK.

We are an independent charity tackling barriers to employment faced by young people from low-income backgrounds through targeted programmes, accredited skills training, and driving systemic change. We do this in collaboration with employers and corporate partners; our approach enables employers to work with local talent, build a more diverse workforce and increase staff engagement.

Why work with the EY Foundation?

  • Diversify your talent pipeline
  • Increase diversity in your organisation and across your sector
  • Meet your goals of investing in your people, your community and the future of the workforce
  • Boost the skills and experiences of your employees, giving them the opportunity to mentor, support young people and give back to the community
  • Become a sector leader in demonstrating how employers can work with young people
  • Benefit from insights into what matters to young people and your future employees
  • Position your organisation as an attractive employer

How to get involved:

  • Fund a bespoke employability programme: We will work with you and your employees, supporting you to establish your own programme.
  • Join an existing multi-employer programme: Work alongside other businesses to offer a sector-based programme. We currently run these for Tech, Security, Banking, and other sectors.
  • Volunteer: Your skills are invaluable to us. Whether you want to be a mentor, provide interview guidance, inspire young people through speaking about your industry or act as a panel judge for a business challenge, we would love for you to join us and can support you in this role. Note that volunteering opportunities are also available to those funding or hosting a programme.

You can make a big impact on young people across the UK who face barriers to employment. Join us today.


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