Supporting Uptree to help enable young people to access better careers education

One of our clients, Uptree, has a big target. Enable one million young people to get access to better careers education in schools by 2026. It comes from a belief shared by the Founder and CEO Tamsin Dewhurst, that every young person, regardless of their background and connections should have the opportunity to progress their career after they leave school based on their talent and potential.

Uptree is a professional network that connects young people with potential employers. They do this by building student networks, arranging school outreach programmes and working with companies to create work experience programmes.

Uptree now has over 100 different work experience days across the year which allow young people to develop their confidence, create professional connections and use their skills in different ways.

Critical to the success of Uptree are the relationships it has with its corporate partners that, to date, include companies such as UBS, Google, Coca-Cola, J.P. Morgan and GCHQ.

This is where London Law Collective came in. We were asked to support Uptree in putting together a standard partnership agreement to govern the critical relationship between Uptree and its corporate partners.

Building on that initial advice, we also provided Uptree with general employment advice, support on specific staff contracts and advice on data protection and the specific handling of data, which is particularly important to Uptree given the company’s interaction with students and school-age children.

Access to work experience is something that we feel strongly about. In the past few weeks we’ve welcomed students from The University of Manchester Global Graduates Programme to our offices. Set up to support students from underrepresented backgrounds, the programme provides access for students to companies in a variety of sectors so that they learn about what to expect when they go into employment.

Lizzie Frost, Director at London Law Collective said: “Advising organisations that have a social purpose is part of what we do at LLC. Everyone, regardless of their circumstances and background, should have access to opportunity and this is especially true for young people today. LLC is delighted to be supporting Uptree with their vision to create opportunity where it matters.”

Kelly Norrington, Head of Operations at Uptree said: “London Law Collective really supported our small business with updating our contracts, particularly in the areas of data protection and GDPR where it can be tricky to keep up to date with all the changes. Lizzie Frost was always super quick to reply to us and made sure that she was clear on what outcomes we needed. Thank you.”