- About the Programme
- For Employers
- For Schools
- Case studies
- Extra Motorway Services Challenge
- Workplace visit to Birmingham Airport
- Workplace visit to Freeths Birmingham
- Hammerson Seasonal Spaces Challenge
- Calbee Healthy Snack Challenge
- Transpennine Express Scheduling Challenge
- Northern Gas Networks Primary Challenge
- Imagile Group School Sponsorship
- Paradise Birmingham Urban Regeneration Challenge
- DWF 5 STAR Futures
- Pinsent Masons Debating Challenge
- Workplace Visit to Siemens Leeds
- STEM for Girls
- Try a Job Day
- Canon Camera Campaign Challenge
- Girls Can Do It Too from Land Securities
- Plusnet Online Safety Challenge
- Northern Gas Networks' Outstanding Young Presenter Awards
- STEM Day at Whitcliffe Mount School
- Roles in Health Day at The Co-operative Academy Leeds
- Made in Oxford
- Inspirational Women's Panel at John Smeaton Academy
- Interview Practice at Wakefield College
- Leeds City College Engineering Brief with Arup & Carillion
- Light Up Sunderland with Northern Powergrid
- Sixth Form Business Mentoring
- Women in Industry Day
- XPO Healthy Eating Workshops
- Leeds Law Society Education Week 2016
- Bradford Academy Experience Day
- Roundhay School Assessment Centre
- Arup Engineering Awareness Week
- UTC Leeds Industry Immersion Fortnight
- Trinity Kitchen Challenge
- Ebbsfleet Masterplanning Challenge
- Get in touch
“Make the Grade is a programme that allows us to offer a lot more additional opportunities than we would ever have been able to do alone.
It allows our students to be nurtured and they allow our students to grow into well rounded individuals that can function really well and effectively in society.
It’s had a huge impact on our results and supported our students to have resilience, leadership and team working skills.”
Paul Cooper, Deputy Headteacher, Abbey Grange Academy
About the programme
Since its launch in 2011 over 55,000 young people have benefited from Make the Grade, which is expanding rapidly every year.
Young people find the experience of investigating career options frustrating and uninspiring. Too many of them refer to jobs and industries that were common during their parents’ youth and lack knowledge on the types of skills that are needed right now in their local area.
Make the Grade focuses on bringing ideas and inspiration through real-life, hands-on experiences about future career paths to our young people. In a culture where they’re used to information coming to them, why should information about careers and the world of work be any different?
Driven by a national team from Ahead Partnership and supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the Careers and Enterprise Company, Make the Grade creates partnerships between education and employers to design engaging and immersive career-related activities for students.
School and college teams work with business experts and volunteers to design and deliver activities that have a lasting impact, combining their knowledge and expertise to provide exciting experiences for students that help them to make more informed decisions about their futures.