Using an innovative, personalised approach to career planning based on individual character, talents, passions, and skills, rather than credentials, our 'Alternative CV' programme aims to reduce the opportunity and achievement gap for vulnerable groups*, including but not limited to:


  • Individuals who lack traditional qualifications and conventional work experience
  • Individuals vulnerable to low-pay-no-pay-in-work poverty
  • Individuals not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • Individuals who have experienced multiple disadvantage or adverse childhood experiences embarking on a career path 
  • Individuals leaving prison and seeking a new life as a contributing member of society 
  • Veterans seeking employment after leaving the forces
  • Re-housed individuals seeking employment after a period of homelessness
  • Anyone lacking opportunity and hope for a secure future

We aim to support our beneficiaries through 4 key themes of work;

  1. Accelerating social mobility 
  2. Improving mental health and wellbeing
  3. Addressing social justice and income inequality 
  4. Increasing personal and economic growth and performance

*The Porcupine Collective considers that the following factors amount to vulnerability, disadvantage or adverse childhood experiences: poverty, parental separation or divorce, domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction or family substance misuse, mental illness (or parental mental illness), incarceration (self or family member), untimely death of a parent, homelessness, raised in care, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. This is not an exhaustive list.