HeadStart is an award-winning programme developed in partnership with the Mayor of London and leading employers, to bridge the gap between education and employment, whilst enabling young people to get active in their local community.
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We challenge young people, aged 16-19, to volunteer for at least 16 hours in return for access to skills workshops and an interview for a paid role with one of our leading corporate partners, including Bloomberg, Starbucks, Nando’s and Zendesk.
HeadStart helps young people build the skills they need for work and life, and broadens their horizons by connecting them with people who they might not otherwise mix with. Our charity partners benefit from new volunteers, and our corporate partners are introduced to diverse new talent, helping them achieve their social responsibility goals.
To date, almost 10,000 young people have completed over 150,000 hours of volunteering, supporting hundreds of local charities.
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How does HeadStart work?
Here are the four key phases that each HeadStart volunteer will go through.
Give Time - Volunteering
We challenge you to volunteer for 16+ hours, making a real difference to the lives of service users and your local community. We match you with a local charity, and have such a range of placements available, you can choose one that you are truly passionate about.
Gain Skills - Employability Workshops
You can access exclusive workshops to get expert advice on employability skills and interview preparation!
Delivered by professionals and usually costing hundreds of pounds to attend, our workshops give you the tools and confidence you need to stand out when applying for courses and jobs.
Get Ahead - Guaranteed Job Interview
You can access an interview for a paid part time job or internship with one of our leading corporate partners, opening up a range of industries from hospitality to accounting. Even if you don’t want a job at this time, it’s an amazing opportunity to experience a professional interview, and we’ll support you so you’re confident to perform at your best.
Expand your Horizons
Mixing with new people brings huge value to our lives. You’ll learn from professionals who are eager to offer advice and share knowledge, and hear about their experiences and how they got to where they are today. You’ll also meet people from all walks of life in your volunteering placement, and see how charities are changing the lives of their service users.
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To find out more about how we keep young people safe on HeadStart, download our safeguarding policy here.