Fastlaners is our employability programme for 18-25 year olds looking to build on their existing experience or qualifications to kick start their career. We’re delivering Fastlaners in Birmingham, London and Manchester.

The Programme

Fastlaners is for 18-25 year olds who might have some sort of work experience, perhaps a qualification or a degree, but who are struggling to find a meaningful job that will kick start their career.

Fastlaners is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to improve their job prospects and find meaningful employment. Over the course of the programme, participants meet professionals from a range of industries, receive mentoring support, participate in CV clinics and mock interviews, network with recruitment professionals, and develop the confidence to secure fulfilling employment.

We are proud to be a recipient of a Queen’s Young Leaders grant to deliver Fastlaners to 600 young people from 2016-2019.


In addition to two weeks of full-time workshops and opportunities to meet employers, Fastlaners also offers participants ongoing support to find work. Our Fastlaners Programme Coordinators in each region will work on a one-to-one basis to identify well-suited vacancies, support with application and interview prep, and then be on hand with any work-based questions participants may have.

Working alongside our staff team, Fastlaners will also offer participants a near-peer mentor to keep them motivated in the search for employment. Mentors will be trained alumni from our Leadership Programme who are in the early stages of their own careers and can draw on their own experience to encourage and inspire Fastlaners.

Our track record shows:

  • 100% of participants reported increased confidence.
  • 75% of Fastlaners moved into employment or training within six months of the programme.
  • 100% of participants agreed that Fastlaners jump-started their job search.

Some of the employers our participants are now working for include BT, the Treasury, Nexus, Citibank and Gumtree - many are also teaching or working for start-ups.

Meet some of our previous participants in the video below (note that the video focuses on our previous programme for graduates; our new version of Fastlaners now is open to all unemployed 18-25s)


The programme will be delivered in Birmingham, London and Manchester with the full-time elements of the programme on the following dates.


Monday 5 September - Thursday 8 September 2016

Monday 12 September - Thursday 15 September 2016


Monday 3 October - Thursday 6 October 2016

Monday 10 October - Thursday 13 October 2016


Early October 2016 (dates to be confirmed)


All programmes will be delivered in accessible city centre venues in Birmingham, London and Manchester - full venue details coming soon.


If you’re 18-25, live in one of our Fastlaners regions and want to build on your existing skills or qualifications, submit an expression of interest in the programme.

You will then be sent an electronic application form; please get in touch if you require this form in a different format or need assistance to complete your application.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the team! Email:

Or speak to one of our Programme Coordinators:
Birmingham - Louise Belsom: 0121 233 0252
London - Jillian Low: 020 8921 2854
Manchester - Antonia Canal: 07467 691 617


If you’re an UpRising alumni or supporter and are interested in becoming one of our near-peer mentors, we’d love to hear from you.

All mentors will be trained by our partners Future Foundations, and matched with a pair of mentees whose aspirations are similar to the experience of the mentors.

Please contact Rukaiya if you’d like to find out more and register as a mentor:

Rukaiya Jeraj, National Alumni Manager - 020 8921 2854