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Creating brighter futures: Kaplan’s outreach support

Male Mentor on a video call on a laptop with a male mentee

As part of our commitment to making a difference to every learner and inspiring them to succeed, we’ve partnered with charitable organisations to provide opportunities to disadvantaged groups.

Every learner, every success, matters to us. And that's why we actively encourage our employees to take time to support mentoring; skills workshops; academic assistance and careers events to help broaden access to the professions.

Through each of our partnerships together we can truly help make a difference and support our communities to help level the playing field.

Here's a breakdown of some of the initiatives we have been getting involved with.

Leadership Through Sport and Business

Leadership Through Sport & Business is a social mobility charity that prepares and supports bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into meaningful roles in accounting and technology with major firms.

Together we make sure those at risk of under-employment find careers equal to their ambition and ability, and can contribute from their first day on the job.

We fund a number of LTSB students through the AAT Level 2 qualification, working closely with LTSB staff to ensure the students receive additional support where necessary.

Many of the learners go on to complete further qualifications and the majority obtain employment within the profession, with a number also receiving recognition for their achievements.

Kaplan has given LTSB’s learners the foundation in accounting concepts that they need to build an amazing career. That foundation is absolutely vital for young people facing disadvantage as they seek to secure meaningful employment in professional careers. It’s great that our learners can benefit from Kaplan’s expertise, passion and support.

- James Hinton, Head of Operations, LTSB

Career Ready

Career Ready is a social mobility charity that helps young people fulfil their potential through experience and understanding of the world of work.

Our staff act as mentors for Career Ready Year 12/13 students. They engage regularly with their mentees, helping them to become work-ready and increase their confidence.

Even though the pandemic altered the way in which we support Career Ready students, we provided on-line workshops, interview practice, mentoring meetings and two paid for internships in Manchester.

Career Ready mentoring helps me by extending my knowledge on topics I didn't know I needed when it comes to the working world. Having a mentor allows me to learn new things and develop new skills to prepare me for my future in the world of work.

- Megan, Year 13 Mentee

New Gen Accountants

New Gen Accountants is a not for profit organisation whose aims are to provide advice to school and university students considering accountancy. They support accounting trainees on topics like balancing full time work and studies; the power of networking and how to progress their careers.

We partnered with New Gen Accountants to host a Diversity Webinar in May 2020 to cover the topic of cultural diversity in accountancy and financial services.

Alongside this we have been supporting a New Gen Accountant member as one of our 2020/2021 Kaplan Accounting Foundation Scholarship students.

This partnership allows us to help widen the awareness of opportunities in the sector and improve the accessibility of qualifications through the scholarship scheme.

RefuAid

RefuAid is a charity which supports access to language tuition, education, finance and meaningful employment for refugees.

We have worked to support RefuAid learners with free AAT and ACCA qualifications and provide learning coaches to give additional support as needed. Offering this allows us to help upskill and develop those who have experienced forced migration.

Find out more about our partnership with RefuAid and read the stories of some of our students here.

BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

The BAME Apprenticeship Alliance brings together leaders within business and education to focus on promoting apprenticeship and skills among the BAME communities through policy, advocacy and conversations.

We support by sponsoring the BAME Apprenticeship Awards and by being a ‘Change Maker’. Change Makers reinforce the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance mission by promoting apprenticeship diversity and help to bring real action and change in the UK.

Every learner, every success, matters to us

Read our other blogs and take a deeper look at some ways in which we continue to help a diverse range of students here.