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Access Aspiration is a young and dynamic charity working to increase social mobility by providing employability training and aspirational work placements. The aim is to offer young people the chance to develop new skills and experience to support their personal statements and provide new routes into work.
Access Aspiration works with schools, one sixth form college and with over 80 aspirational employers. Throughout the school year it provides students with training, networking opportunities, business insights and mock interviews in and out of school. It coordinates week-long work placements during the October, February, Easter and Summer holidays.
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