Working to create unique business partnerships and programmes that connect young people to opportunity, the Ahead Partnership is the partner of choice for employers that are serious about investing in and supporting young people to improve their career outcomes. 

Ahead Partnership takes a design-led approach to developing solutions for partners, and work collaboratively across sectors and regions, bringing together and managing complex partnerships. The programmes prioritise young people who face barriers or are under-represented within the workforce, building their aspirations, skills and careers knowledge and connecting them to employers. 

During 2023, a group of students from New College Bradford, who were all taking IT and Business-focused courses also took part in our new mentoring programme facilitated by Ahead Partnership.

The programme consisted of five sessions, which were developed to support these young people to think about what steps they'd take towards their futures. The sessions included:

  • meeting colleagues from different functions and levels in the business during a tour of our Bradford offices
  • a careers speed networking session
  • goal setting and actions planning
  • interview preparation and practice
  • help with where to look for and apply for jobs

Their mentors also supported them in developing an app idea that would encourage people aged 16-18 to save money and led to the development of a ‘Design an app’ day at the request of the students which our teams facilitated at our Bradford office.

"Taking part in this mentoring with Vanquis Banking Group was a great opportunity for these students."

Matt Tune, IT Teacher at New College Bradford