Meet Josh. Josh comes from Darlington, one of eight areas identified as having the fastest growing attainment gaps by the Education Policy Institute in their 2017 Closing the Gap? report. Josh qualifies for free school meals and doesn’t have a readymade network of contacts who can help him get ahead in his career. He has struggled with his mental health throughout the pandemic.
Last summer, Josh did virtual work experience with British Airways through Speakers for Schools. This opportunity has confirmed Josh’s desire to pursue a career in the travel industry and he plans to run his own travel company in the future.