Why We Exist

The DHL UK Foundation wants to see an end to youth unemployment

To achieve this we will continue to work together with our charity and school partners to ensure that all disadvantaged young people have access to the best possible education, opportunities to secure meaningful employment and to develop essential life skills.

“We want to ensure that disadvantaged children and young people have the same chances in education and employment as their wealthier peers.”

Sonia Chhatwal
Director DHL UK Foundation
Here to make a difference to futures

We believe that all children and young people should get the support they need to reach their potential and grow into the best person they can be. The DHL UK Foundation wants to play a part in helping young people from poorer communities have the same chances in life as their wealthier peers.

We do this by making donations to charities that run successful education and employability programs and by harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of DHL colleagues to inspire students about the world of work. We work hard with our partner charities, schools and colleagues to deliver our charitable aims and help disadvantaged young people access the successful futures they deserve.

Today's reality for disadvantaged young people

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have struggled to do well in school and at work for decades. However research tells us that the impact of 2020 is only just beginning to be felt, and the need for increased support for young people from low income families has never been greater. Read our full strategy to find out more about how we are working hard to support disadvantaged young people through this difficult time and beyond, to help counter some of the impacts of 2020.

Respected research bodies including the Education Endowment Fund and Impetus found that:


2 million+ young people live in poverty in Britain


60% of young people on free school meals don’t pass English and Maths GCSEs


< 25yrs olds are 4x as likely to be unemployed


Youth unemployment could rise to 2 million in the near future