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The Career Foundations Programme

Find the right people, develop the right skills. 

We’re offering you the opportunity to take the first step in creating your own homegrown talent solution for your recruitment needs. We source, train and onboard young and motivated candidates specifically with your business in mind. All of which comes at no cost to you.  

Our offer to you:

Access to a motivated talent pool
Thousands of candidates, trained and supported to succeed in your business.
No cost to you
This scheme is fully funded by the government, with financial incentives available.
Tailored training
Expert career coaching to prepare candidates specifcally for your workplace needs.
Fully supported
Each young person has a coach who will be their first point of contact throughout the trial.
Identify potential employees
This can be an excellent way to find people with the right qualities for your business.

Make a transformative difference to your business with the right people

How does it work?

Step 1
Contact us
If you have a vacancy to fill or you would like to trial your business’ readiness to take on someone new.
Step 1
Step 2
Advertise & screen
Your dedicated account manager will capture your needs, advertise your vacancy across multiple channels and provide a shortlist of pre-screened candidates.
Step 2
Step 3
We deliver training
The candidate you select will spend up to 6 weeks with a personal coach, preparing for the demands of your business.
Step 3
Step 4
Work trial
Once prepared, the candidate will then join you for an immersive, 2-week work trial to assess their suitability.
Step 4
Step 5
If they’re the perfect fit, you can recruit them directly. Alternatively, we’ll capture some constructive feedback and find other candidates more suited.
Step 5

For participating you’ll be eligible to claim a grant of £1000 per candidate up to 10 candidates.

Access funding from the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Receive up to £10,000

What's the catch?

There isn’t one; we’re fully government funded.

The UK Government supports this programme to help give young people the opportunities they deserve and grow U.K. businesses. Organisations taking part can access a grant of £1000 per candidate up to 10 candidates.

Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and delivered by us, this Career Foundations programme is an opportunity for you to easily help young people in your community, take their first steps towards fulfilling careers.

Work trials allow you to see candidates hands-on in your business without any obligations

The placement

We recommend giving a range of tasks or projects to give candidates the opportunity to display their qualities as a potential employee. 


Here are some examples:

An overview of our two-week work placement

Fully managed and supported by our team. 

Get in touch with your regional account manager

Your local contact

If you would like to get involved, please contact your regional account manager:


Mobile: 07510 924559
Mobile: 07707 290112
Mobile: 07510 924561


Yorkshire & Humber

West Midlands

South England
Mobile: 07510 924561

We shape our service around your business needs


Here to answer your questions


Do we have to commit to giving a job or apprenticeship?

No. You can employ anyone who you find to be a good fit for your business. Alternatively, you also have the option of offering them a funded apprenticeship, but you are under no obligation to do so if they’re not the right fit for you.


What does this initiative cost us as a company?

Nothing. You are paid £1,000 per placement by the ESFA.


What kind of role would the candidate need to fulfil?

They can work with any department or team within your organisation. We find organisations benefit most when they can give the placement a small set of tasks or short project that they can reasonably complete over a two-week period with minimal supervision. Examples of this include updating databases, competitor reviews, asset list reviews, proofing your website or marketing materials etc.


How are you going to monitor them whilst they are with us? What is a successful placement?

Every candidate on placement will have an account manager, who is responsible for ensuring they are adequately prepared for the placement, they are useful to your organisation over the two-week period, and the placement benefits both the young person and your organisation. This is the definition of a successful placement.


Who is their point of contact from the employer side?

As the employer, you will need to allocate the candidate a mentor. The mentor should be a line manager in the department that they would be working with during the placement. We have designed the programme to be lite-touch from a mentor/line manager perspective.


How much steer do we need to give on the placement?

The placement has been designed in such a way that the account manager will remain the candidate’s first point of contact throughout and their interactions with you will be prepared and monitored by the account manager. This gives you the ability to map performance and their ability to adapt to your business as a potential employee.


Do we need to supply them with any equipment?

No, you don’t need to.


What is required of the mentor?

The line manager would need to meet with the candidate at the start of the placement and perform a short exit interview at the end.

They would invite the candidate to a series of meetings across the organisation during the placement so that they can get exposure to and understanding of the wider organisation.

This mentor would also be the contact for the account manager to liaise with during the placement and would feedback on the success of both the placement and the work-related output


What if something happens when the learner is with us? Who do we report any suspicions to?

To reach our confidential Safeguarding & Whistleblowing team you can email safeguarding and whistleblowing. You can also contact your named account manager.

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