Northern Power Women – a ground-breaking network of business people – and education charity Future First have joined forces to give the next generation the support and encouragement they need to make a success of their lives, while also allowing businesses to connect with up-and-coming talent.
With NPW offering a powerful network of role models and Future First providing a decade’s experience of supporting alumni to go back to its network of schools and offer insight into the world of work, the partnership promises to provide lasting benefits for both young people and businesses at a critical time for the UK.
Central to the partnership is the development of a digital link between the two organisations’ networks. Future First will build a digital hub to connect with NPW’s existing Power Platform.
Simon Roche MBE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NPW, said:
“The heart of this partnership is about what we can do together. We want to be able to inform academia about corporates and vice versa.
“It will inform, it will inspire, it will educate, it will raise aspirations and it will be a two-way street.”
Lorraine Langham, Chief Executive Officer of Future First, said:
“Our new partnership with Northern Power Women is just fantastic news for students, schools and businesses across the country.
“We are all facing a new, sometimes daunting, but nonetheless incredibly exciting future. For every region, every business, every school and every young person it’s vital we come together, share our knowledge and expertise so our collective future is better than our past – that’s why this partnership means so much.”
Set up five years ago, NPW was born out of a need to accelerate gender equality in the North and currently has a 60,000-strong network. It now spreads across the UK and spans all sectors, genders and race demographics.
The organisation has also set up Northern Power Futures, which works to bring further and higher education institutions together with relatable role models from corporate organisations.
Future First was created 10 years ago with a vision to create a world where a young person’s start in life does not limit their future.
The charity specialises in helping schools and colleges develop thriving alumni networks and build links with leading businesses, so students can meet, learn from and be inspired by relatable role models with a view to widening their career horizons.
It has worked with around 400 schools across the country and brought more than 260,000 alumni into contact with schools and students.