We are an empathy-driven, social impact recruitment & training organization

that support young and disadvantaged people into work or self-employment.


AKR Growth Ventures Ltd and AKR Growth CIC are Social Impact businesses and specialise in supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment.

Our niche target groups are young candidates aged 16-24, young/adult ex-offenders, lone parents, care leavers, BAME, ESOL, NEETS and over 50’s.


AKR. Aspiration. Knowledge. Resilience.

AKR. Aspiration.  
Knowledge. Resilience.

We are an empathy-driven, social impact recruitment organisation that support young and disadvantaged people into work through employment, traineeships and apprenticeships – and direct employability/self-employed skills training. In just one year, we have indirectly brought together over 1,000 job vacancies and over 800 employers to thrive, together.

Inspired by Akshay’s personal goals around revolutionising support for the disadvantaged people; championing and supporting employability skills training, on the job learning and self employment – we are here to challenge youth mindsets around work, for the better.

We are “by young people, for young people”.

We recognise. No. We thrive on understanding, supporting and growing our community of young people and our community of small businesses and through our work, plan to be agents of timeless, intergenerational change.

Apprenticeships Support

We pride ourselves in executing high volume outcomes, providing a 360 support system, and inputting our relationships and experience in other contracts nationwide to help you deliver apprenticeships successfully

Traineeships Support

We have direct experience in hiring many trainees as well as delivering a set goal amount with partners around the country. We help deliver the side of the support you need the most, as well as having the ability to deliver a full wrap around support web system.

restart scheme and employability skills training

We have direct experience with many public services from councils, prisons and candidates from Kickstart allowing us to understand what to do with those who have faced long term unemployment as well as speaking to employers who are open to take these candidates on. We have delivered or delivering on behalf of prime contractors for UK Gov, including Maximus, Ingeus, Shaw Trust and others.

Employability Skills Training

We have the luxury of having veterans in the industry who have over 2 decades of direct employability experience as well as having educated enthusiastic youths who allow us to take a different spin resulting in more real-life delivery. We avoid power point presentations and focus more on a holistic approach when trying to improve someone’s employability in this day and age.

Why us?

  • Both CIC and Ltd company – allowing us to diversify our work between private lead generation and recruitment work with social impact focus and direct delivery of contracts in welfare to work – via the CIC whilst leveraging track record built via AKR.
  • Blend of dynamic young team and experienced industry veterans
  • Strong social presence/access via Founder’s personal brand: (Potentially over 50-100,000 reach on social media platforms)
  • New approach/ethos, driven by compassion of young people – and other “target groups” – setting out to support other key groups.


Who are we/Team
People behind our success

Akshay Ruparelia


Sanjay Kataria

Delivery Director

Mohammad Awais

Commercial Director

Akshay Ruparelia


Sanjay Kataria

Delivery Director

Mohammad Awais

Commercial Director

Story so far

Started with Kickstart – we were initially an approved Gateway for the Kickstart Programme and have had over £4.3m worth of opportunities approved. Pivoting thereafter, the team rapidly started delivering on traineeships and apprenticeships. We have over 800 employers nationwide and have worked on programmes including Traineeships, Apprenticeships and direct employment.  We have over 200 vacancies live at any given time across a range of sectors (retail, warehouse & storage, customer service, business administration, IT inc digital marketing, hospitality and driving. With our partnership work with employers, we now have agreements in place with some of the employers where AKR Growth has been given the authority to make official job offers on their behalf. We’re keen to expand, grow and change the nature of welfare to work.

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