How getting involved with aspire2work can help YOUR business:

  • Involvement can help meet corporate and social responsibility targets
  • It generates a structured volunteering programme which is easy to support
  • Staff engagement can improve by up to 97%
  • Staff develop important skills, particular leadership and communication
  • Local reputation is often enhanced with opportunities for PR
  • Employers have an opportunity to promote and teach the skills they need to the next generation
  • Employers can tackle skills shortages by promoting their industry to potential recruits




Interested in getting involved?

Employers call us on 0113 246 7877



aspire2work: employability skills activities

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What is it?

aspire2work is an employability skills programme operating in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Kirklees which supports young people aged between 16 and 19 who find it difficult to engage with employment.

Through this programme young people spend time with local employers, improving their understanding of the world of work whilst working towards further skills and qualifications.

This programme is operated by Aspire-igen and supported by Ahead Partnership.

How employers can get involved?

We're looking for employers across West Yorkshire to help deliver activities to improve young people's employability skills.

The aim is to help young people gain a better understanding of the range of roles that exist, understand the qualities that potential employers are looking for and better prepare them to enter the workplace.

See some examples of aspire2work activities we deliver with employers >>

Involvement for employers is free of charge.

Employers who have joined the programme so far include: Specsavers, Leeds Museums, Fujitsu, Northern Powergrid and more.

Activities could include workshops, workplace visits and careers events and are available to businesses of any size.


Employers of all sizes and from all sectors can take part in aspire2work, and we are particularly looking for volunteers from these industries:

  • Construction
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Customer Services
  • Media