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We spoke to Priya Singam at Northern Power Futures in Newcastle.

Priya is the Stakeholder Lead for EY Foundation and chatted with us about how the foundation’s work experience schemes and how EY Foundation helps young people gain experience in the workplace.

Hi Priya! Can you introduce yourself and your role for our NPF readers?
My name is Priya Singam, and I work at the EY Foundation.
My role at the EY Foundation is the stakeholder lead. I am helping the foundation develop their stakeholder strategy, how we can improve communications with our different stakeholders, how we can improve engagement, and creating a formalised process for that.
How did you start your role in EY and become involved in the EY Foundation?
My story is a bit interesting, I joined the EY graduate scheme. I was part of the assurance graduate scheme in London. I did that for three years, then I did a six-month secondment to the EY Foundation, so that was a really good opportunity. I got to go and work at the foundation for six months and liked it so much when a permanent role came up I applied for it.
How are EY Foundation different to EY?
So EY Foundation is an independent charity. We are based in the EY offices and we partner a lot with EY but we are essentially separate to them. It’s coming up to our fifth birthday so we’re quite a new charity, but we were set up to support young people enter the workplace.
We have two programmes: Smart Futures and Our Future which support young people. We give them employability skills training and paid work experience. 
Lots of our students do their work experience at EY. We also have a number of corporate partners, we have links with the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, companies like the law firm Linklaters. We are called the EY Foundation but we like to partner with other companies so we can offer a lot of different opportunities for our young people.
As well as supporting young people to enter the workplace, we also have a programme called Accelerate which supports young, social entrepreneurs. That’s if they’ve got a business or social enterprise that supports their local community, or helps support young people, Accelerate is a program for them where they get partnered with an EY business coach and they get networking events, and workshops to try and grow and scale their business sustainably.
How can young people get involved in the EY programmes you’ve mentioned?
We run all of our programmes across the UK. The best way to find out about them is to go on our website. You can see all the different locations our programmes are open and when applications are open. Any questions, get in touch with us on enquiries@eyfoundation.ey.com as we’re always there to answer them.

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Northern Power Futures photographs taken by Thomas Jackson at TyneSight Photography

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