techUK shines a light on The Access Project, an education charity that helps bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain places at top universities. Through volunteer tutoring and in-school mentoring The Access Project is seeking to close the access gap at universities.
The Access Project work aims to break down barrier’s students from disadvantaged backgrounds face. Their work in widening participation at universities is being seen to work across schools in London, Birmingham, the Black Country and the East Midlands towns of Mansfield, Shirebrook and Ashfield.
Overcoming the main barriers to access is prominent issue in education across the UK. Katie Hilder, Head of Midlands at The Access Project shares why they work to support their students in overcoming the main access barriers.
“Education should be without barriers and young people should have an equal opportunity for success in their careers, but there is still a stark disparity between young people from different backgrounds. At The Access Project we’re able to provide in-depth targeted support, working with young people over the course of 4 years helping to level the playing field.
Our ultimate goal is to improve social mobility, supporting young people to access higher education. Our work can have a transformative impact on society by addressing skills gaps in growing industries, by educating highly motivated young people with great potential and creating a link with industries to develop future talent.
The young people that we are supporting are unlikely to have the support that some of their peers might have from those around them, such as parents. They are unlikely to have a quiet space at home to study or do homework, they may never have travelled into the city centre, or even taken public transport, and may have a limited view of what their life could be.
One of the most powerful things that we achieve through The Access Project is opening up a young person’s eyes to the huge variety of opportunities available to them and helping them to see the potential of what their life could be.”