We are proud to work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations who share our commitment to ensuring no young person’s background limits their future options.
Each partnership is unique. Some organisations provide vital funding or pro bono support. Others provide hours of staff volunteering time or work with us to design impactful programmes. All of our partners help us to have a meaningful impact on young people, schools and their alumni up and down the country.
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The Careers and Enterprise Company
Future First has received two rounds of funding from the government’s Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to boost social mobility by helping prepare young people for the world of work.
In 2016, we received funding from the CEC to expand our work in the South West. The one-year programme supported 40 schools and colleges across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to build a thriving network of former students. Across the year, we supported participating schools to sign up 6,000 of their former students and to enable 30,000 encounters between their students and alumni.
Following this success, in 2017 we received a second round of funding to help students see a world beyond their own in the government’s first six opportunity areas. We are working with 27 schools in Oldham, Blackpool, Scarborough, Norwich, Derby and West Somerset to build alumni communities which will help address identified gaps in careers and enterprise activity.
KPMG is one of Future First’s flagship supporters. By supporting Future First's core schools programme, KPMG is helping to connect thousands of alumni with young people in their old schools and colleges. Through KPMG’s support, Future First reached 82,850 students in 2015/16.
Institute of Grocery Distribution
IGD is a research and training charity for the food and grocery industry. Future First supports IGD to deliver its Feeding Britain’s Future programme which delivers employability skills workshops to thousands of students across the country. Through this programme, professionals from across the food and grocery industry are helping to inspire and educate students nationwide, so they understand how to translate their education into skills for work, while learning about the diverse range of careers within the industry.
Commercial Education Trust
The Commercial Education Trust was one of the first supporters of Future First's 'Alumni in the Curriculum' programme.. The programme sees former students return to their old classrooms to 'co-teach' elements of the curriculum, which relates to their jobs, demonstrating how the school curriculum links to the world of work.
This strand of our work has been developed to bring the curriculum to life and engage students by showing the practical application of learning. With the support of CET, we have commissioned a full evaluation of the impact of the programme conducted by the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCEGS) at the University of Derby. You can find the full report, as well as our 'Alumni in the Curriculum' toolkit in the tools and resources section of the website.
The Wellcome Trust and Future First partner to deliver Career Insight Days for young people at state schools in Camden. Staff from across the Trust participate, including those from communications, research, grants and investments departments. The volunteers coach and support students in creative activities designed to build students' confidence and to help them identify their strengths.
Taylor Wessing was Future First’s first employer partner and has played a key role in supporting our growth from a London-based startup to a national organisation supporting students in schools across the country.
Taylor Wessing have supported a number of key Future First programmes, including partnering on a series of Career Insight Days for young people from across our network of schools. These sessions aim to build students' confidence and increase their knowledge of a career in a big City firm. Representatives from across the firm volunteer to support the day: from lawyers to facilities and HR to marketing. Students have the chance to take part in interactive workshops, including mock interviews with personalised feedback.
UBS have funded Future First's In-House programme in the Bridge Academy, Hackney. The programme is designed to provide the school with hands-on support from Future First staff to embed an alumni programme across the school. The Bridge Academy has their own dedicated Future Fist Alumni Officer, who spends part of their time 'in house' at the school, helping staff to build and manage their network of former students and tracking the destination of students as they leave each year.
Future First’s partnership with the North East Midlands Collaborative Outreach Network (NEMCON) aims to help participating schools identify alumni role models who’ve followed a higher education path to success. University graduates and current students return to share their experiences with current students, sharing the story of how they’ve benefitted and challenging students preconceptions that university might not be for ‘people like them’.
Future First received funding from Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, to further develop our online portal for member schools and colleges. The platform provides a core part of the Future First programme. School staff use it to manage their alumni programmes: storing alumni details and keeping those details up to date, communicating with their former students and keeping records of activities. Nominet Trust's funding is ensuring this system is fast, scalable and meets the needs of school staff and alumni.
The Blagrave Trust
The Blagrave Trust has supported the pilot of Future First's In-House service. The project involves a Future First staff member working part-time on site to rapidly embed a culture of alumni engagement in each one. The In-House Alumni Officer for supports each school to build and grow their community of formers students to return to support today’s young people.
Deloitte Super Pioneers
Future First is one of Deloitte's 'Alumni Super Pioneers'. Deloitte's social pioneers programme supports social businesses increasing employability skills and and employment opportunities with ambitious plans to grow their business and scale their social impact. The programme provided Future First with access to a range of skills, experience, networks and opportunities from across Deloitte..
Shawbrook Bank and Future First work together to inspire young people in state schools near reach of Shawbrook’s offices. This included supporting Future First to pilot working in Scotland for the first time. Shawbrook also encourage their employees to sign up to their old school or college alumni network.
The Pears Foundation plays a key role in supporting Future First’s core work. Our partnership with The Pears Foundation has underpinned our national expansion and our transition to a more self-financing operating model. Their support has enabled us to have a bigger impact on students across our network of schools.
Jack Petchey Foundation
The Jack Petchey Foundation have supported Future First since 2013, providing subsidies for schools with the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award in London and Essex, which is now our largest region.
Garfield Weston Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation is one of Future First’s flagship partners. Garfield Weston’s support has been vital to supporting our network of schools reach more of their former students and deepen the impact they have had on current students. The partnership has also played a key role in our transition to a more self-financing operating model.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has played a critical role in Future First’s development. Esmée Fairbairn were one of our earliest supporters. Our current partnership facilitated the arrival of our first Executive Chair, Christine Gilbert.
ZING were one of Future First’s original supporters and have remained a key partner and critical friend throughout our development. ZING have continued to advise on and support Future First’s technology development. ZING co-founders Chris White and Robin Tombs (currently) have also both served on Future First’s board.
The Dulverton Trust
The Dulverton Trust has supported Future First since 2014. Our first partnership focused on supporting Future First’s work in the North-West. Currently, the focus is on underpinning Future First’s transition to a more self-financing operating model.
Future First and SSAT partner on the Sustainable Alumni Communities project in the South West. The project is funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company and helps state schools and colleges across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Future First is one of Teach First’s Innovation Partners, working in close partnership to help end educational inequality in England and Wales. Teach First helps to accelerate the growth and impact of Future First’s programmes through a tailored package of support including specialist strategic advice, staff coaching and intensive training.