About the Big Academy

Youth employment is a problem which has been around for decades. Everybody knows it, but nobody seems willing to do anything about it. With initiatives designed merely to manage the problem rather than solve it outright, it's little wonder we have generations of people who are completely alien to the very concept of work.

"There are now enough unemployed young people to fill every football stadium in the Premier League."
Martina Milburn
Chief executive, The Prince's Trust
The Big Academy was created by ZootAlore! Creative and is licensed to The Big Academy Ltd. We are determined to improve the youth employment situation in the UK, improving routes into employment for all young people regardless of their social or academic background. We don’t understand why recruitment, particularly for young people has remained in the dark ages, why are we using CVs when this is a digital age? For young people still in school, we want to prepare them for work with honest and down to earth advice and great quality work experience in tandem with our pre-work workshops. For unemployed young people, we want to get them into work through a steady stream of top quality opportunities. For young people already employed, we want to make the job work for them through fully funded work-based learning programs with recognized qualifications waiting for them at the end.

The Big Academy's battle plan consists of three I's. Firstly, we aim to innovate; providing new and exciting solutions to age old problems. Secondly, we aim to convince companies and organisations to invest in young people. And thirdly, we aim to inspire young people to achieve. The UK's prosperity tomorrow is inexorably tied to the success of its youth today, and the Big Academy is here to give young people some long overdue and much needed help.

We are most proud of our unique individual and employer profiles. This allows young job seekers to present themselves to employers in a new format, no more one page CVs or even poor quality CVs. As recruitment is a two way street, employers can build a Big Academy profile to showcase the company and attract the best quality candidates.

Our Partners

The Big Academy draws heavily upon a network of partner companies to help us support young people and reach our goal of breaking down the walls which traditionally stop them from securing long term employment.

If you've got a passion for helping young people find work we'd love to hear from you so please get in touch. We're always on the lookout for new partners!