The Early Careers Foundation is funded by The Early Careers Company. All expenditure is directly paid for by the business, and Foundation employees are employed by the Company and seconded, full-time, to the Foundation.

Our Foundation has a unique structure, designed to ensure that we deliver the best initiatives possible to the young people that we support.

Given the funding from The Early Careers Company, our charity is unique in that we don’t seek donations, nor need them to operate.

This means that everyone involved is aligned to one goal: to give thousands of young people from low-income backgrounds the confidence, exposure and tools they need to succeed in the working world.

This structure is made up of seven key groups, combining to create an effective and well-resourced charity:

The Early Careers Foundation Team

The employees of the Foundation. The team are employed by The Early Careers Company and seconded, full-time, to the charity.

This team will scale as the Foundation and Company grow.

Board of Trustees

A group of eight incredible people, responsible for reporting, oversight, high-level strategy and sign-off. Our Directors are a combination of business leaders, senior HR/talent leaders and educationalists.

The Early Careers Company Team

The employees of The Early Careers Company, who are all seconded part-time (approximately 10%) to the Foundation – supporting the Foundation team with day-to-day management of the Foundation, and delivery of the initiatives.

Advisory Group

A group of fifteen Talent, People and HR professionals – those with more time than our Directors and likely to have their ‘ears to the ground’ more in our space, who work with The Early Careers Company team to develop initiatives, provide feedback on developments, help form corporate partnerships and share their expertise.

Corporate Partners

Our Corporate Partners are the backbone of our programmes. They support our initiatives by encouraging their employees to become mentors on our mentoring programme, and/or creating content for the Future Hub app.

Partnering with The Early Careers Foundation is completely free – all we ask of our Corporate Partners is some of their time and expertise to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

School Partners

Our School Partners are an integral part of our initiatives and work with young people across the country.

We work alongside schools in the UK where around 15-20% of their student population have been eligible for free school meals at some point during their education.

The aim of our partnerships with schools is to help their students learn about careers, develop the essential skills needed for them and benefit from the guidance of a mentor.


A group of diverse young professionals, employed by our Corporate Partners across a wide range of industries, who will support our brilliant young people as a mentor.