The Launch Group

Empowering individuals and giving them a platform to demonstrate and realise their true potential.


Region Great Britain and Ireland
Scale 623 in the last 12 months
Funding Structure Government and Commercially Funded
2018/2019 Employer Partners BAE Systems,  Thales, British Land, Swissport, SSP Air, SSP Rail, Omniserve (ABM), Newcastle International Airport, London Luton Airport,  Birmingham International Airport,  SITEL,  Teleperformance, McDonalds


The Launch Group works in a variety of niche industries, such as Aviation, Rail, Defence, Engineering and Manufacturing. Their overall aim is to work alongside employers and build bespoke, interactive pre-employment programmes with sustainable job outcomes and work experience placements attached as part of the programme.

Seven out of every ten people that attend one of their pre-employment programmes moves in to work, in industries that for some, would be thought of as unattainable. Their job outcome percentage is unrivalled and something they are very proud of.

As well as creating employment opportunities, they are also passionate about seeing their participants grow through developing vital skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. As a result of these new skills, then seeing a higher level of confidence, enthusiasm and motivation develop in people is a huge motivator for them.

In most cases, their programmes have qualifications attached and they blend this learning with engaging and interactive sessions to make their training programmes enjoyable, not just a means to an end.

The Launch Group Testimonials

Natalie Booth


Having just completed Level Two ‘Introduction to Cabin Crew’ with the Launch Group, I feel confident and equipped to begin an exciting career in Aviation. The course was well constructed and well-paced. People on the course ranged from those who had already made up their minds about their future to those just looking for experience and information, and everyone was welcomed equally.

The tasks were interactive and fun and enabled the group to bond nicely. The biggest compliment I can give to the Launch Group would be to those that recruit and run the courses. The telephone conversation I had before joining was so very helpful and welcoming, and the tutor that led us through the three weeks was among the most supportive, patient and engaging I have ever met.

It’s a privilege to have been offered a place on this funded course, thank you so very much to Kirsten, Georgia and the whole Launch Group team.


Christopher Smurthwaite


“The programme helped me prepare for the interview and helped me research the company. It gave me the tools and the motivation to prepare myself much better than if I was to do it alone. It was also very interesting learning about Swissport and what the aviation industry is all about. The programme helped me with answering tough interview questions and being able to answer them in a much better way, and this is what I needed help most in, because of the time I took preparing and practising I was much calmer on the interview and felt like I did really well. I really enjoyed the Swissport presentation and the programme as a whole. I am now employed with Swissport as a baggage handler and thoroughly enjoy my job.”


Sy Barnett


Without the support and guidance from The Launch Group programme, I wouldn’t have found myself working toward a serious career. I’m one of thousands of people who graduate from university with no support or a plan b, but this programme gave me a new lease on life. I learned a great deal about the aviation industry too, finishing the programme with a Level 1 Certificate in Exploring the Aviation Industry and an eager love for the industry as a whole. I landed a job during my work experience with National Express, and now I’m looking forward to building up my experience and putting it all into practice. The programme by The Launch Group has changed my life tremendously! It’s been amazing!


Raisa Bhatti


“When I began the employability programme with The Launch Group, I was not expecting much, but it went above and beyond all of my expectations. It was a life changing event for me and was a turning point in my life, the support I received throughout was instrumental in keeping me motivated and helping me realise my potential. The programme enabled me to begin the process of rebuilding my life and words cannot define my gratitude for everyone who helped me, they were the light in what were very dark times for me.”

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