United Futures - Resources

As the project develops we are creating tools and support for businesses interested in working with the youth sector.

To date we have created:

Some great case studies on how United Futures has been successful:

Best practice

We have identified current examples of best practice partnerships:

We have recently published a review of national and international evidence of how employers can support youth organisations in England.

Please click here to read the review Summary and the Full Report.

Key findings from the review:

  • This report calls on business to explore opportunities for working in partnership with the youth sector.

  • It summarises research and highlights the mutual benefits of utilising business expertise and resource.

  • Employer engagement is associated with a reduction in a young person's likelihood of being 'not in education, employment or training' (NEET).

  • While there are examples of successful partnerships between business and the youth sector, we found that this kind of activity is not widespread and lacks structure.

  • A key barrier preventing the development of more partnerships is the recognised lack of awareness of each others' needs and capabilities.

An evaluation report of United Futures will be published in April 2013.


United Futures is presenting a series of free webinars for youth sector organisations interested in establishing or increasing local business support.

Each session is hosted by a different member of the project team or a guest presenter from the world of business who will answer your business brokerage questions ‘live’.

The ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions will run for 45 minutes featuring real-time audio, video and PowerPoint graphics.

This is an opportunity to receive professional guidance and expertise tailored to your specific situation. We encourage you to submit your questions in advance, and then tune in live to hear them answered by our brokerage specialist.

The latest webinar was hosted by Peter Lambert OBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Business in the Community on the theme of 'Working with Business'. Peter answered a range of questions including:

  • How to develop a meaningful relationship with a new corporate supporter

  • How to manage partnership relationships involving young people with challenging behaviour

  • How to measure the impact of working in partnership

Listen again or read a transcript from the session.

In September UK Youth’s Chief Executive Charlotte Hill led the first webinar session. Charlotte answered a range of questions; from how to identify the most appropriate contact within an organisation to how to determine risks versus rewards when working in partnership. You can listen again here.

To find out how we can help introduce you to an organisation in your area please contact michelle.dickinson@bitc.org.uk