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HeadStart London

Created by The Challenge and Team London, HeadStart London brings together industry leaders, charities and young people to bridge the employability gap between schools and work. 

HeadStart London was created by youth charity The Challenge and Team London in June 2014. It brings together industry leaders, charities and young people to help bridge the gap between schools and work. Since launching, it has helped 5,000 young people to give over 100,000 hours of volunteering to their communities.

Through HeadStart London, young people aged 16-18 and still in education are rewarded for their volunteering with employability workshops. They are also guaranteed interviews for paid work with partner businesses.

The programme consists of five consecutive stages that prepare a young person to enter the world of paid work:

  • Volunteer: participants volunteer a minimum of 16 hours at a local charity
  • Develop: participants develop key employability skills through workshops created with partner businesses
  • Communicate: participants hone their communication skills with a masterclass delivered by AGL Young People
  • Interview: all participants who complete the first three stages are guaranteed an interview for paid employment
  • Work: successful candidates are offered paid work placements at partner businesses

We are totally in awe of this project. The majority of the candidates had a wide range of evidence to support their answers which showed a level of maturity and responsibility that we always want to see in interviews. New Look, Interviewing Manager. 

HeadStart London

HeadStart London is delivered in partnership with youth empowerment charity, The Challenge. The programme is made possible thanks to the support of:

Get in touch

If you are 16-18 year old and would like to participate in the HeadStart London programme, please contact The Challenge.

If you are a business interested in becoming a HeadStart London partner, please get in touch via email and a member of our team will respond.