Applications Open for Fastlaners

Applications Open for Fastlaners

June 22, 2017

 Applications are open for Fastlaners Autumn 2017!

Fastlaners is UpRising’s successful employability programme for 18 - 25 year olds looking to kick start their career.  Young people take part in an immersive 5 or 8 day programme, building their employability skills through a series of interactive workshops, mock interviews with professionals, panel events and networking with professional staff. On top of this, participants develop their confidence, self-esteem, resilience and teamwork skills through a range of personal development sessions and activities. All of these sessions are designed to enable young people to identify career goals and develop the skills, networks, knowledge and confidence to secure fulfilling employment.

It doesn’t end there! After the initial 5 or 8 day programme, participants are matched to a peer mentor and receive 3-6 months mentoring support as well as 1:1 support from UpRising to ensure they stay on track to get that dream job. Peer mentors are matched based on their professional interests and inspire young people to stay positive, motivated and support their mentees to gain employment in their chosen sector.

Our impact: Last year, 89% participants found an opportunity within 6 months of participating on Fastlaners and 100% of all young people increased in confidence.

In 2016, we delivered 120 workshops and were supported by 169 speakers or facilitators.  We took participants to 51 different workplaces across the country, including to Lloyds Bank, The Civil Service, Siemens, Brother, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, PwC, John Lewis, ITV, Mayer Brown, Lexis Nexis, Thomson Reuters, and IBM.

New partners for 2017 include Barclays EagleLabs, Milkround and digital firm Softwire.

Autumn Programme Dates:

  • Birmingham: Sep 11th - 21st.

  • London: Oct 2nd - 12th. 

  • Manchester:  Oct 2nd - 12th. 

How to apply

If Fastlaners sounds like the programme for you, then apply now! Places are limited in each of our regions, so get your application in to confirm your spot!


To be eligible for Fastlaners, you need to be:

  • Aged between 18 - 25 years old.

  • Live in either London, Manchester or Birmingham.

  • Unemployed, or working in a zero hours contract or working under 16 hours per week.

  • Looking to kickstart your career and are ready for work.

Contact Details:

If you have any questions about the programme, contact one of the regional programme managers:

London - Emma Henly - or 07943 632046

Birmingham - Holly Thomas -  or 07467 148165

Manchester - Lydia Burke - or 07943 735238.


For more information, visit the Fastlaners Programme Page.