Action for Children is working in partnership with recruiting experts Hays, to fund an employability programme for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


From July 2017, staff from Hays offices across the country are undertaking a variety of exciting and challenging fundraising activities, to support some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK.

With the generous support of Hays colleagues, we will be able to deliver a new employability programme which will support even more young people to secure and maintain employment and training opportunities.

Our programme will target those who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and who are the furthest away from the labour market, due to a range of complex challenges they are struggling to deal with. These multiple issues can include homelessness, substance misuse, criminal behaviour, financial issues, teenage pregnancy and numeracy and literacy issues.

Our expertise lies in breaking down these barriers and solving the root cause of the issue so that we can create lasting change.

The latest statistics from the ONS show that those aged under 25 are three times more likely to be unemployed compared to the rest of the general population – a figure that urgently needs to be addressed.

Together, we will help to break the cycle of deprivation and give them the opportunity to reach their potential.

"We’re pleased to announce our new charity partnership with Action for Children, a worthwhile cause helping disadvantaged children across the UK. The employability programme will ensure that not only are we able to raise vital funds for the charity but that our expertise helps others. Our consultants across the UK will provide support and advice towards building young people’s employability skills and helping them secure work."

Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland
"I am delighted that Action for Children has been chosen by Hays to be their new charity partner. The funds raised by Hays colleagues will enable us to run a crucially important employability programme for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK, supporting our ambition to ensure that any child who needs help gets help."

Sir Tony Hawkhead, CEO of Action for Children