City Gateway is committed to serve people in communities most impacted by social and economic inequality, transform them by improving individuals’ life chances, deliver programmes that enable positive, sustained outcomes in empowerment, education and employment.

In 2022-23, over 1800 young people engaged in our Route to Employment programme. Read full Social Impact Report 2022-23 here.

“I pinch myself when I look out the office window at the bustling streets of London below, it feels a world away from Nigeria where I was born and lived until I was six. I’m incredibly proud to say I’m a Business Administration apprentice working at Man Group in the communications team. As I come towards the end of my apprenticeship, I feel excited and optimistic for the future.”

“With so many barriers young people are facing today, I feared that the colour of my skin could be another barrier, but I am so proud that, with support from City Gateway and thanks to my own determination, I have achieved what I have so far, and that’s just the start of my journey.

There are many other young people like me at City Gateway, from all ethnicities, cultures and genders and they have all faced different challenges to get to where they are today, which for some is not in the best place. They may be experiencing homelessness or struggling with drug or alcohol use, they may have a range of past traumas and experiences they are carrying with them. But they are brave and have taken that first step of reaching out to City Gateway.

Together we are breaking down barriers that stand in our way, brushing aside stereotypes and changing our futures.”

City Gateway has given me a secure entry into the working world.” – Duncan, City Gateway learner

Dunsin is just one of the 285 young people we supported in 2022-23. In 2022-23, a total of 46% of all our learners attained at GCSE equivalent in a period of 26 weeks (half a year) at City Gateway, what they failed to achieve in 5 years at school.

While every single young person who comes to City Gateway is unique, the challenge of having to overcome multiple barriers including ethnic, cultural and gender-based barriers is, as highlighted by Dunsin, something young people face every day. 89% of our learners are from communities experiencing racial and economic inequality. Often this results in them having low prior educational attainment and usually at least one further risk factor, such as homelessness, caring responsibilities, or health issues. But, thanks to our wraparound programme of support providing qualifications in English and maths, employability skills, and experience, and coaching and mentoring support, we help young people break down these barriers and support them to not only achieve but to excel.

  • 84% achieved their maths and 77% achieved their English functional skills.
  • 82% went on to a positive destination.
  • 75% of our apprentices achieved a distinction.

We are immensely proud of the achievements of every young person we support; however, this success would not be possible without our partners and funders. Being able to access mentor support, employer engagement activities, including work experience, and having apprenticeship opportunities available to them means young people are able to open doors that they may never have dreamt could be opened for people like them.

“As we look to the future, we want to ensure more young people like Dunsin have access to opportunities to change their futures. I am hugely passionate about social mobility and believe in empowering young people. But we can’t do this alone, we need partners and funding support to make this a reality for more young people. Please do get in touch if you would like to join us,” says Diane Betts, CEO of City Gateway.

 

For anyone who is interested in partnering with City Gateway and helping provide workshops, work experience or mentor support, please do get in touch at partnership@citygateway.org.uk.