The EY Foundation

Care to Employment

The EY Foundation has worked with 75 young people in care, like Chloe, to design a bespoke programme for care experienced young people. This 2-year programme will include paid employability training and work experience and every young person will get support with mental health & wellbeing, housing and benefits advice and independent living.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1157154)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • It was the first time I’d ever come into a corporate building and it made me think that I’d really like to get a job in that world and that maybe I could do it.

    — Employability workshops attendee 2018

  • I went to one of the worst schools in my area. And although my parents were hardworking, I didn’t have much careers guidance or support. But after three weeks on the Smart Futures programme I had the courage to believe an apprenticeship could be for me; it gave me the confidence to apply for a job.

    — Smart Futures graduate 2016

  • To say I felt nervous at the start of the programme was definitely an understatement. However, throughout the many induction sessions and insightful presentations, I strangely began to feel at home and I now have new insight into different professions, such as the media.

    — Smart Futures graduate 2018


Each year 90,000 children and young people in the UK spend time in care and the outcomes for them are poor: - In 2016 40% of 19-21 year old care leavers were NEET - Just 6% of care leavers go into higher education - Only 14% of LAC receive 5 A*- C grades GCSEs (Source: Looked After Children; The Silent Crisis by the Social Market Foundation, 2018) The EY Foundation is committed to supporting this cohort of young people to achieve their full potential. With your support, we can provide them with the opportunity to build a fulfilling career.


Care to Employment is based on our experience of working with 2,500 young people over the past 5 years, supported by 6,000 volunteers and 300 employer partners. It has been designed by care experienced young people, ensuring that what matters to them most is at the heart of everything we do. - up to 2 years wrap around support to support transition to work - up to 20.5 of salaried days, paid direct to the young people - a bursary - a progression coach to provide high levels of pastoral support - opportunity to gain a Level 2 Accreditation from the Royal Society of Public Health