We are a social mobility charity working to reduce the impacts of socioeconomic inequality on disadvantaged young people in the UK.

We believe that talent and potential – not background – should be what determines a young person’s success.

Why do we exist?

The Early Careers Foundation wants to create a society where talent, not background, determines a young person’s career success.

However, in the UK, we are still very far away from this reality

Children on Free School Meals are, at 27 years old:


less likely to be in sustained employment


more likely to be on out-of-work benefits

Family wealth at birth is the most accurate indicator of future financial success.

Not IQ, race or gender.

Only 6% of doctors, 12% of journalists and 12% of chief executives today are from working-class origins.

By age 25, someone who went to a fee paying school is, on average

than their state-educated peers.

A low ability child from a high-income family is


more likely to be a high earner

than a high ability child from a low income family.


We run three interconnected initiatives for young people from low socio-economic backgrounds in order to equip them with the knowledge, guidance and access they need to make an informed decision about their future career and secure a fantastic first role in an industry they love.

Diagram showing Structure of the Foundation

Find out how your school can benefit from our initiatives

Find out how your company can advance social mobility

Find out how you can volunteer to mentor a talented young person