Allen & Overy is aiming to tackle the issues of social mobility and unequal access to the professions by giving students an insight into business and law.
The Smarter Futures project uses Brightside mentoring to provide ongoing support to students in Year 13 who have participated in Allen & Overy’s Smart Start work experience programme. Young people are matched with a mentor from Allen & Overy or one of its clients, who provide personalised advice and support around education choices and career routes. The 12 month project also includes face-to-face mentoring and employability masterclasses.
All students participating in Smarter Futures can apply for a Smart Start Star Award (a bursary of £10,500 paid over a three-year degree).
‘Our partnership with Brightside enables us to ensure our award-wining social mobility programme, Smarter Futures is open to young people up and down the country – helping to tackle social mobility cold spots. As an employer based in London we know how important it is to provide opportunities to support young people nationwide. Brightside’s platform provides us with the most effective way for our employees to offer advice and guidance to support young people as they navigate the decisions in their final year at school.’
Emma Turnbull, Pro Bono and Community Affairs Officer, Allen & Overy
‘The mentoring platform has been so helpful- having someone there for you to answer any of your questions about University and beyond is extremely valuable. I was given advice that I would not have received at school.’
Smarter Futures mentee