I’ve always loved getting involved in extracurricular activities, and took part in lots of committees and events at university. So when I joined Frontier as an analyst in 2015 and heard there was a charity team, I volunteered straight away.
The team has three main roles, it organises fundraisers for worthy causes, it has a budget for matching employee fundraising, and also sets up volunteering opportunities for staff. It was the latter that piqued my interest: how could we help others by using the skills we have at Frontier?
There are lots of people here who are great at explaining complex concepts – so the obvious choice for a new volunteering opportunity was something in education. After doing some research, I found an education charity called the Access Project, which helps talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve places at top universities.
One part of this is matching GCSE and A-level students from schools in London with volunteer tutors, for one-on-one tutorials. So I decided to sign up as a volunteer tutor. I was given comprehensive training and lots of resources, and was eventually matched with my first student. She wanted some help achieving an A* in her upcoming A-level maths exam, so that she could study chemical engineering at one the UK’s leading universities.
Our tutorials quickly became a weekly fixture. My student would come to Frontier’s office after school, and we would sit in the kitchen going over tricky maths problems and discussing revision and exam technique. By the time the exams came around she was much more confident – and I was delighted to hear the news when she achieved her A* and secured her place at university.
The tutoring had been a great success. I discussed my volunteering experience with the rest of the charity team and with their backing, got to work on spreading the word and encouraging more Frontier employees to get involved with the Access Project.
Fast forward five years, and now I’m heading up the team. And roughly 10% of Frontier’s London office – across all management grades – are signed up as volunteer tutors. Through the programme, we deliver hundreds of hours of one-on-one tutorials in maths, economics, languages – and even chemistry. It’s just one of the ways we’re committed to equal chances for all.