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Working Options in Education

Bridge the Gap – please support us

Due to COVID-19, we’ve unfortunately had to postpone three major fundraising events to 2021. We have a £200,000 funding gap.

The fall out of the pandemic will disproportionately affect the employment prospects of young people, particularly those from deprived communities, where the opportunity gap will widen further.

Our programme to give young people the employability and life skills they need to fulfil their potential is even more vital.

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Please support us


Please support #BridgetheGap2020 so we can continue to deliver our free employability and life skills programme to give young people a fair chance in life post-education.

A message from Paul Monk, our Co-Founder:

“I co-founded Working Options in Education 10 years ago following a visit to my old sixth form college in Luton. Growing up I had no idea what was possible career-wise but I wanted to inspire students to think positively about their futures, no matter where they come from. To date, we’ve engaged over 20,000 young people.  I’m reaching out to you as volunteers, alumni and tutors to ask for your support now so that we can help thousands more to fulfil their potential."

How we help

88% of young people that take part in our programme tell us they feel more positive about their future post-education prospects.

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Since 2010:


young people engaged in schools, colleges and online


free insights from industry sessions and skills workshops delivered


volunteers providing insights from industry


students invited to high profile industry events

3 ways to help

This academic year we’ve engaged 9000 young people in 150 schools and colleges and online thanks to our 400+ amazing industry volunteers.
Help ensure we’re here to reach thousands more. We are grateful for financial support of all sizes.

Donate now

You donate directly to us via our JustGiving page here.

Sign-up to our Bridge the Gap 2020 Challenge

to walk, run, cycle or swim a distance you choose over 4 weeks.

Organise your own Bridge the Gap 2020 fundraising event

with colleagues, friends or family.

For more details about how you can get involved, contact Lauren on 07944443073 or at

Some of our supporters

BBC Radio 1 Presenter Mollie King and England cricketer Stuart Broad shared their life in lockdown tips to our Student Zone.

Allan Leighton, Chairman of The Co-Operative Group and former Chairman of Royal Mail shared his career story in our Student Zone (along with over 50 other bitesize videos from business leaders to inspire and motivate young people about their future.) 

How we help


Improving employability

We’ve developed our employability and life skills programme to offer young people multiple interactions with employers,because we know there is a direct correlation to improved academic attainment and future employability. The widening opportunity gap in employment prospects means that we particularly focus on engaging disadvantaged young people.


Building confidence

We want young people to feel inspired, informed and have the skills they need for their future. Young people consistently tell us that participating in our employability and life skills programme has a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence.


Supporting education

Our employability and life skills programme supports schools and colleges to deliver many of the employer engagement elements of the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ for their students.


Connecting industry

We act as a link between students and employers. We’ve developed strong links with the food, drink and retail industry in particular, because it employs 1 in 8 people in the UK in a wide range of roles and careers.