Pathways4Life logo Pathways4life is our ‘4 Pathway’ programme into employment, aimed at enhancing the life chances of 3,500 young people by 2020. As Pathways4life is the main driver of our community investment strategy, our goal is to create, manage and deliver community investment activities that contribute directly to society.

Our Pathways4life programme aims to support the transition from school and home life into the professional world of work.

  • To create a legacy through investment into local young people
  • To provide work experience opportunities and careers guidance for local people from the age of 14+
  • To develop their confidence and social skills to encourage engagement in future learning opportunities
  • To offer equal work experience opportunities to the wider community

Fortem Pathways


We employ over 30 apprentices within our business and have developed a pastoral care programme which supports them to achieve their qualifications. Each apprentice is assigned a dedicated, trained mentor and monthly reviews are carried out. Our Apprentice awards take place each year to recognise the success and reward of our apprentices.


Our ethos to ‘grow our own’ is why we expect every one of our apprentices to gain full time employment within our business. The training and development opportunities don’t stop there, as a Fortem employee you will have your own individual Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will continue throughout your career with us.

School engagement initiatives

We have developed a suite of programmes that can be delivered in primary and secondary schools, with each programme having measureable outcomes. Our school engagement runs from KS1 to KS4 and is split into three areas; promoting women in trades, STEM and career & enterprise.

Work experience opportunities

Our work experience is aimed at our customers from age 14, with placements lasting up to 12 weeks and based in the office or on site. The application process includes an interview to help prepare young people for later life. Once they have started they are allocated a dedicated trained mentor who will support throughout the duration and achieve the measurable outcomes set. Once a person has successfully completed their work experience they can apply for the apprenticeship scheme