We run Frontrunner programmes specifically for disabled students in partnership with universities across the UK.
Students take part in challenging discussions with senior leaders and visit organizations across different sectors to tackle real-life challenges. They gain a deep insight into the world of work and unlock the skills they need to succeed in their careers.
The programme runs for three days, for up to 50 students.
Students explore their personal leadership journeys and develop their skills through:
Prior to delivering the programme, we ensure we understand the accessibility requirements of each individual student through corresponding with our university partner and with the students, and ensure these are met during the programme.
Common Purpose has run more than 20 programmes for disabled students in cities throughout the UK, working directly with universities and corporate partners. Over 600 disabled students have participated on the programmes, representing over 100 universities.
We know that career development opportunities can often seem inaccessible to disabled students. That’s why whilst Frontrunner focuses on the key employability skills all students need, we work with universities to ensure we understand each student’s accessibility needs throughout the programme. Through developing their skills, confidence and networks, students have a better chance to break down barriers and succeed in their careers.
“This course has changed my life. I will use the skills I have obtained along with my developed confidence to pursue future prospects including setting up a mentor programme for people with disabilities. It has served well for an Aspergers student such as myself.”
"I am not an easy person to understand; shy, emotionally volatile and self distrusting which never helps me to build strong connections. However, thanks to the in depth conversations that this course offers, I have been able to adapt both my inner and outer social skills. Thanks to the varied and wonderful talented members of the course and staff, I hope that all of us have developed new skills in leadership.”