020 7525 2895 eba@southwark.gov.uk


We take pride in bringing schools and businesses together through engaging projects. We create an environment where new goals arise and aspirations grow. We prepare young people for the world of work.

We have 20 years of experience in brokering relationships with businesses and schools. We work closely with schools to deliver work related learning activities and skill developing projects.

We work in partnership with a variety of businesses across a diverse range of industries to provide young people with a realistic picture of the job market, understanding of employers’ requirements and authentic experience of the working culture. We provide an opportunity for employees to give back to their community through volunteering their time and inspiring young people in one of the most diverse boroughs in London. We provide training and organise DBS checks for all business clients interested in volunteering.

Southwark Scholarship Scheme

The Southwark Scholarship Scheme began in 2011 to help young disadvantaged people pursue higher education without the burden of debt. Since then we’ve supported over 100 students covering the full cost of tuition fees for their chosen undergraduate degree. This year again, we have scholarships available to Southwark residents who are entering higher education for the first time and are under 25 years old.

Applications for the academic year 2024-25 will open on 1st April with submission deadline on midnight 31st May.

Latest News

Southwark Young Enterprise 6th December 2023

Southwark Young Enterprise 6th December 2023

We are excited to announce another round of the Young Enterprise project taking place at the Christmas and Easter time each year. This time we have teams of young people from three Southwark secondary schools, competing for the chance of selling their products at...

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EBA in Numbers

Volunteers hours in schools

Students engaged in work related activities

Young Enterprise students

WEX hours completed by students

Why Southwark EBA?

Our priority is to make the business – school relationship beneficial to both parties. We will sit down with each client and find out their objectives. Based on our expertise we will then make the most suitable match.

We make sure that each school receives the support it needs in delivering their careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks. For employers it is a guarantee that they are helping to prepare young people for their future employment in the most effective way.

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, set out the plan for building a high-quality careers system that will help young people to achieve.

The Gatsby Benchmarks have been put in the centre of the Careers Strategy with an expectation that all schools will begin working towards the benchmarks and meet them in full by the end of 2020. Every school should have an appointed careers leader and is expected to publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents by September 2018.

Strategic partners

Our work is planned and delivered with our strategic partners including:

Business partners

Some of our valued business partners include:

Interested in our projects?

If you’d like to find out more about our projects and how to get involved, one of our team members would be pleased to help you.