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Our Future

Make a real difference to your future

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What is Our Future?

Our Future is a six-month programme for those aged 16-19, including paid work experience, interactive employability skills training and mentoring. It is formally recognised and accredited by the Institute of Learning and Management.


Through the programme you will meet other young people, gain vital business skills and receive supportive advice. It will help you develop key skills that are essential in the workplace and give you a headstart after school or college.

What does the Our Future programme involve?

On the Our Future programme, you will:

  • Take part in one week of paid employability skills training, with specific sessions to improve your communication, planning and teamwork skills
  • Get up to two weeks of hands-on paid work experience during the school holidays
  • Gain a wide variety of transferable skills that will help you stand out when applying for jobs
  • Increase your awareness of the workplace
  • Receive a mentor who will support you throughout the programme, give you advice and get you ready for your work experience placement and the world of work
  • Gain access to employer insight sessions with organisations who have entry level job vacancies available
  • Be invited to a series of alumni events, throughout your final year at school or college

Can I take part in the Our Future programme? 

Young people who meet the following eligibility criteria can apply to the Our Future programme.

You must be:

  • Aged between 16-19 years old at a state school or college (including pupil referral units),
  • Enrolled on a full-time or part-time education course,
  • Have five or less GCSE's

And either:

  • Eligible for free school meals at any time in the last two years


  • Eligible for a college bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (where household income is less than £24,421) 

Plus, have two or more indicators from the following:

  • Previous poor attendance record at school or college
  • Previous demonstration of poor behaviour at school or college
  • Have Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Are a young parent or carer
  • Live in a deprived area

How do I apply to join the Our Future programme? 

Our Future is run on a referral basis only.


This means we require an application from a teacher, youth organisation, social worker, local council professional or support worker. If you are a young person who is keen to take part in this programme, please show this page to your contact and ask them to get in touch to see what we have available in your area.

Know someone who could benefit?

For teachers, youth workers and other support professionals, please contact us to see what is available and make a real difference to a young person you know.

Support Us

Are you an employer who would like to support the Our Future programme? Find out how you can get involved.

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