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Access to education and employment

We believe business has an important role to play in helping young people reach their full potential by overcoming barriers created by society and personal circumstances.

Around the world our offices partner with schools, colleges, community groups and universities to open up opportunities for young people and to broaden their horizons. We also develop our own programmes, such as the Smart Start Experience and Smart Start International, to show young people new opportunities and build confidence and skills.

Not everyone has the same opportunities in life or the same access to education and employment. That’s why we work to encourage young people from less privileged backgrounds to aim higher in education and to achieve more in their careers.

We want our efforts to have a long-term impact, so we provide strategic support to the education sector, advising our partner schools on issues such as governance and financial sustainability. We also encourage and support our people to become school governors.

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Kate Cavelle
Kate Cavelle
Head of Pro Bono & Comm. Inv.
United Kingdom
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Smart Start


Find out more about the Smart Start Experience, A&O’s flagship work experience programme.


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