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Young people still face the highest levels of unemployment when compared with other age groups. Social mobility is also a problem. If born disadvantaged, young people are more likely to face barriers to employment, particularly in accessing certain industries and ‘professional’ occupations.

The Quilter Foundation wants to enable young people to build skills, experience and confidence to help them work and earn.

To achieve this aim, the Quilter Foundation has partnered with three charities (these are detailed below) which will all be supported by a £450,000 Secure Futures Fund that was opened in 2019.

Each of the charities will deliver innovative programmes across the UK, for three years, which all support young people (aged 16-25) and help them to overcome barriers to employment and to build a positive future.

We will also give our Quilter colleagues the opportunity to share their experience and time to help support the project.


“It is essential that we give young people the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to build a sustainable and high quality career for themselves, which is why we set up the Secure Futures Fund. I am very excited to see how over the next three years and beyond, we can help young people reach their goals and achieve personal and economic well-being.”

Paul Feeney, CEO of Quilter and chair of the trustees for the Quilter Foundation

Our employment partners

Safe New Futures

SAFE New Futures is a Southampton based charity that provides support and self-development training to adults and young people, empowering them to move forward in their lives into further education, training and employment opportunities.


Street League

Street League is an award-winning  sport for employment charity. The charity’s academies support 16-24 year-olds living in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK to achieve and sustain employment, education or training opportunities.



School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks supports unemployed adults to find employment and realise their potential.  Using a combined approach of rugby, boxing and strongman courses, supported by a curriculum of life and employability skills, the charity supports hundreds of men and women each year to achieve their career goals.

The Quilter Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1175555).