Our vision is to build a global social business that gives access to life-changing work opportunities to people in need.

We believe that everyone should have access to tools and opportunities to educate and better themselves, and that where you start in life should not dictate where you end up.

We provide an alternative education system for learners focused on vocational skills and just-in-time learning. We believe that people learn best by doing real work and we seek to link learning with real-work experiences and opportunities.

Our values

Work on stuff that matters.

Work on the big stuff that will make a difference in the world. Work on the right stuff, not necessarily the easy stuff. Make every day count.

Work as an experiment.

Prepare to fail; get ready for success. Take responsibility; try things out; make mistakes and learn from them.

Embrace flexibility.

Work hard and then go be with your friends, family and pets. Come to the office when you need and work from anywhere else when you wish.

Build the business you want to work in

Be honest with yourself and others, but be kind too. We are stronger when we support each other; rejoice in the highs together, accept the lows without seeking to blame others.

Be hungry for learning

Sitting behind a desk five days a week is dull. Take a class, read a book in the sun, go to an event. Come back and share what you’ve learned.

Meet the team

Sinead Mac Manus

CEO and founder


With over 11 years experience in working in and running small businesses in the creative and digital sectors, Sinead is an experienced trainer, speaker and author. She founded her digital wellbeing company 8fold in 2010 and launched the Digital Academy, training low income women with digital skills, in 2011. She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the RSA, and an UnLtd Award Winner.

Ian Anderson

CTO and co-founder


Ian is an experienced trainer, web developer and technical manager with over 16 years experience building the web, working for startups as well as companies like Cahoot, Baxters and Dennis Publishing. He has been lead developer on projects to build major web properties from scratch, including the platforms for The First Post and IGGY, a social learning platform for gifted youngsters by the University of Warwick.

Maxine Craig

Community Manager


Maxine is a graduate of Lambeth Academy where she excelled in Media and Drama studies. She joined Fluency from Tech City Stars as a digital marketing apprentice. Maxine is interested in using digital media to market a business and to leave her own personal stamp on the world, and enjoys mixing cocktails in her spare time.

Rachel Dwyer

Sales and Marketing


Rachel went straight into the world of work after finishing her A Levels and has experience in recruitment and sales. She is interested in digital marketing and believes it is a way she can help young people progress into a vocation they are passionate about. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with friends or watching a horror flick.


Shevaun Haviland

Floream, Independents United

Daniel Rowles

Target Internet, Econsultancy

Tricia Hartley

Campaign for Learning



Award Winner Big Venture Challenge 2014


Winner 1776 Challenge Cup London 2013-14


Winner - Future of Education 2014 Startup Pitch Competition


Finalist - Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2014


Finalist - Vator Splash London 2013

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