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Catch22 unlocks innovation through collaborative partnerships. Together, we tackle the pressing issues in public services.


London’s Violence Reduction Unit is focused on addressing the complex causes which lie behind young people becoming involved with, or being victims of, violent crime. That’s why we are investing in The Social Switch Project, which supports young people in building their creative and digital skills and which will continue to help many more young Londoners reach their true potential.

Lib Peck, Director of London’s Violence Reduction Unit




The Social Switch Project

The Social Switch Project is switching the narrative on how social media’s relationship to youth violence is understood, tackled and solved. The Social Switch Project is an innovative three-pronged initiative to tackle youth violence: training frontline professionals on the challenges and opportunities of an online world, training young people in social media management to access digital careers, and awarding grants to grassroots community organisations.

Quote from a candidate

I want to use it as an opportunity to inspire other young people, especially from Wandsworth where I’m from, to see that you can be successful regardless of your circumstances. Taking on this role is not just about me furthering my career, it’s about me growing a following and platform to inspire young people.

Anthony Owuso-Ansah, The Social Switch Project - Social Media Training Participant

Digital Edge

Digital Edge sees Catch22 find and recruit candidates aged 18 to 30 who face a range of challenges – from gender and ethnicity barriers, homelessness, and mental health issues, to school exclusion and disability. The programme supports these individuals to access digital roles with local employers within Microsoft’s network of customers and partners.

Leon's story

Leon Wilson, aged 22, lacked direction. He was unemployed and had low confidence when job searching which became a barrier to his career progress. No one in his family or network had knowledge about the IT industry, which left him feeling isolated. Through taking part in Digital Edge, Leon had the opportunity to complete virtual work experience with a start-up, where he developed his technical knowledge, completed IT courses and took part in telephone screenings. With his new-found confidence and self-belief, Leon shows great potential and is eager to be put forward to potential employers.

Quote from a partner

These disadvantaged young people are often exactly the people who, with the right help, could have hugely successful careers in the sector. They are the people we must make sure don’t get left behind in a world increasingly dominated by technology. We see their potential and I hope that what we learn through this partnership with Catch22 will help others see it too.”

Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft UK


The current economic crisis risks pushing an additional 600,000 18-24-year-olds in the UK into unemployment in the coming year.

We want to support 20,000 young people facing complex barriers to work into employment or training across Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham over the next three years. We are seeking forward-thinking partners to help these young people find training and employment. Together, we can help those with complex social barriers, where government schemes won’t be enough.

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The Good Employer Guide: Make your recruitment processes more inclusive

Through our partnerships, we encourage organisations, employers and our partners to actively work alongside individuals with barriers to work to realise the business and societal benefits of a diverse workforce. The Good Employer Guide sets out how you can promote inclusive recruitment processes in your organisation and provides tips for supporting new employees into sustained employment.

Click here for our 'Good Employer Guide'


Learn more about Catch22’s partnerships and their impact in recent blog posts.


Kat Dixon | Director of Partnerships

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