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Our strong connections with industry partners bridges the gap between education and the real world. One way we do this is with the help of industry volunteers who support us in a variety of ways, for example, by coaching our students, advising on our curriculum and delivering sessions within lessons for our students. 

The volunteering programme at Ada enriches learning for students, helps build their confidence, supports them in making choices post Ada, helps build social capital through networking, and provides them experiences which they can write about in personal statements and talk about at interview. The programme also supports Ada to keep abreast of what is happening in the digital workplace which supports us in designing our curriculum to respond to the needs of industry.

We are looking for organisations and individuals who can inspire our students and learners through sharing their knowledge, experiences and expertise within digital skills.  

What our students say about the programme


Have a greater knowledge of career paths within digital skills 


Have seen a significant increase in their confidence 


Have a better understanding of opportunities available post Ada

*** survey conducted on students in June 2022


Coaches provide 1:1 coaching and mentoring for an Ada student (aged 16-17) who will be thinking about and exploring their future career options during their time at Ada. Being an Ada Coach is an 18 month commitment which will see support students through their two years of study at Ada.

Coaches tell us that this is a fantastic development opportunity for them too. You get to use your professional skills in a wider context as you support and advise a student who will benefit from your invaluable experience in the workplace.  

I am passionate about supporting others as I believe that it's important to educate people and help develop their skills from lessons learned through my own experience. I have really enjoyed my time coaching with Ada because I have seen the positive impact it has had with students, from improving their CVs, to explaining different career paths, and exploring different options to achieve their goals

Current Ada coach

It has helped me gain a better understanding of what I might want to do in the future as my coach has provided me with his view on universities, apprenticeships and the world of work 

Current Ada Student