Making the Leap

Making the Leap

Founded in 1993, Making The Leap is a London-based charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of, and increasing opportunities for, young people between the ages of 11 and 25. It believe every young person should have the chance to fulfil their potential. Its mission is to transform the futures of young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds by providing training to raise their aspirations and develop their skills, behaviours and confidence to succeed in a career. Last year it directly supported 11,915 young people from across 27 London Boroughs.

Secondary school students – It delivers a range of classroom based programmes and one day activities which run throughout the academic year designed to raise students aspirations and develop their character.

Young People – It delivers intensive programmes and activities for young people keen to fulfil their potential. It collaborates with its corporate partners to support our delivery in building young people’s employability skills, personal development and marketability whilst providing them with access to life changing employment opportunities. 70% of young people who attend its career programmes progress into employment, further education or training, with a focus on entry level roles that enable them to kick start their career.

Its programmes provide a variety of meaningful and popular employee engagement opportunities. These support companies to meet their CSR aims and provide employees with opportunities to utilise their skills to have a real impact on the lives of young people.

It also delivers bespoke recruitment drives to give companies access to audiences that are under-represented amongst their workforce. These projects not only provide young people with entry level career opportunities, but also support companies to widen the talent pool they have access to.

As an innovative charity, in 2017 it launched the UK Social Mobility Awards, the only national awards event of its kind. These awards are about making the advancement of social mobility a key part of how organisations are run in this country. This extremely successful initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported by some of Britain’s largest corporations.

https://www.makingtheleap.org.uk

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The Social Mobility Commission welcomes the White Paper on further education and the importance of vocational skills.

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But we are also calling on #government to commit to extra funding, to ensure #schools and #colleges can plan for the long term. Our commissioner Alastair Da Costa, said:

“We welcome the drive to place #employers at the core of the programme (…) If employers work more closely with local schools and colleges this might also allow more individuals to stay where they grew up rather than moving away to get a better job.

However, extra long-term resources will be key to the success of these schemes. They cannot just be a sticking plaster to address the immediate devastating impact of #COVID on #jobs and #training.”

He also emphasised the need to focus on #students from the most #disadvantaged backgrounds, who receive the least training as adults yet face more barriers.

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