Our Programmes

Giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their career ambitions and supporting social entrepreneurs to scale up.

Find out more about each of our programmes below.

Smart Futures

A 10-month programme giving young people the opportunity to gain paid work experience and take part in interactive employability skills workshops during the school holidays. They are also offered the opportunity to network with both employers and other young people, as well as having access to their own supportive mentor to help guide them into the first stage of a career or higher education. Students can only take part if they have been recently eligible for free school meals, a college bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).


Our Future

A six-month programme specifically designed for young people aged 16-19 who are referred to us, not only because they are recently eligible for free school meals, a college bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance, but also because they may face additional barriers and have struggled with school as a result. The programme offers the unique chance to meet employers, receive a mentor, learn employability skills via specially designed workshops and gain paid work experience.


Beyond Your Limits

A programme specifically co-designed with and for care-experienced young people, currently in full or part-time education and aged 16-20. The programme offers up to two years of support including paid skills training, multiple work experience placements, financial support through a personal development grant, and access to a business mentor and a progression coach.  



A 12-month programme created to support social entrepreneurs aged 18-30 or those running a social enterprise that focuses on supporting young people. The programme offers tailored workshops and webinars, personalised business coaching, legal advice and networking events with other Accelerate members, business experts and professionals to help growth and development.


If you are interested in applying for one of our programmes, click here.


We also work closely with schools, colleges and other education providers - you can find out more about this work here.

Can you help us?

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, our work has never been more important. 

Learn more about the different ways to support our work, or donate now to make a positive difference to the job prospects of young people.


Refer a young person

Schools, youth organisations, Pupil Referral Units and other youth providers can also refer young people to our programmes. Get in touch to find out how.