Our purpose of building a positive human future extends into the communities where we live and work.
We give our time and expertise to develop and inspire people, particularly those facing disadvantage, to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow, applying their ingenuity to solve the world's biggest challenges.
We do this through our PA in the Community programme which delivers a range of skills-based, pro-bono, and hands-on support to non-profits working with those facing disadvantage across our communities.
All PA people have three days each year to volunteer and, in 2023, gave over 20,000 hours of their time to support our programmes and the causes they care about across the UK, US, and Europe. Collectively, we supported over 3,700 people through various initiatives to improving educational, skills, and employment outcomes for participants.
STEM education and essential skills
We’re passionate about social mobility and levelling the playing field for all. To do this, we believe that preparing people for the future world of work and a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related education and careers is essential.
From hackathons and mock interviews to essential skills workshops and coding clubs, we partner with charities and non-profits to provide immersive learning opportunities, employability skills training, and career insights.
We believe mentoring can have a transformational impact on learning, personal growth and career aspirations. We match we match people in need of coaching and networks with PA mentors who provide long-term and individualised support. We focus on improving future career and education outcomes often at pivotal transition points for our participants.
Young people from all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed in their chosen careers. That’s why we’ve created our Springboard work experience programme, which gives disadvantaged young people an opportunity to develop their key skills, learn about the workplace, and take on a project that responds to a relevant global challenge.
Helping charities and non-profits scale their impact
We support charities and non-profits to accelerate their growth and ambitions to deliver a positive human future. We do this by connecting organisations with PA experts who provide targeted support through bid writing clinics, ‘change days’, and pro bono support to create positive outcomes for society.
PA Raspberry Pi Competition
The ingenuity of children is remarkable. So, we give it a place to thrive. For more than 11 years, our annual Raspberry Pi Competition has promoted STEM education by challenging children aged 8-18 to invent something that benefits society. Using their design, skills, their inspiration, and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, they’ve created solutions that can improve our experiences of transport and travel, tackle sustainability challenges, and help people live healthier lives.