Increasing progression to higher level skills, higher education and employment among disadvantaged young people.

The Aspiration strand is jointly led by Cathy Sinclair and Carol Castle.

We must help young people to develop the ability to navigate the challenges everyday life presents them. This is about giving young people the resources to cope, manage and make informed choices in their lives so that they can reach their potential in education and the world of work.

We will do this by supporting every pupil in South Yorkshire to have access to:

  • High quality, accessible and inspirational careers and pathways guidance and access to role models
  • A wide range of accessible education and employment pathways
  • Opportunities to build employability skills and social capital
  • Targeted support for underrepresented groups in Higher Education, with a specific focus on outcomes for looked after children and care leavers
  • A regional pool of dedicated resource including employers, current students, alumni and university staff which help support the sustainability and commitment of these aspirations

The Aspiration work strand includes collaborative activity with a range of partners. Activity is led from Sheffield Hallam University's wide-ranging and long standing commitment to engagement with schools, colleges and local employers as well as commitment to widening participation to higher level study.

Current projects
The programme has several strands of work, including:

  • Collaborating on a regional resource model, ‘Talent Bank’, to channel professional skills and volunteering into achieving social outcomes
  • Scoping a South Yorkshire Children's University
  • Scoping an enriched regional offer for looked after children and care leavers
  • The School and College Governors Project - matching Sheffield Hallam University staff with governor vacancies (see videos below)
  • Supporting regional commitment to excellence in Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), especially linked to achieving Gatsby benchmarks
  • Piloting new activity such as Homework Clubs
  • Development of a skills recognition programme

How to get involved
If you are interested in finding out more about this strand, or want to get involved in some of our projects please visit the Get Involved page or drop us an email: