Altitude Foundation

Altitude Foundation

We want to create a world where all young people with a passion for technology are enabled to smash barriers in order to achieve a successful career.

Why we exist

Social mobility is arguably the most important and challenging issue facing British society today. One impact of this is that too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a passion for technology are left with huge untapped potential. Many don't go on to study technology subjects at A level or university, and don't pursue it as a career option, despite it having the power to transform their career and their prospects. We are uniquely positioned to bring together schools, industry and third sector partners to deliver transformative change.

What we do

Altitude Foundation enables young people with untapped potential to pursue their passion for technology, get their first job, and inspire others to do the same. Across three age-targeted programmes, we provide the finances, social capital, opportunities and supportive relationships needed to prepare for and succeed in tertiary education.

Altitude 1600 (age 14-16)

On the Altitude 1600 programme you will develop the motivation, ambition and aspiration to pursue a STEM-related future. We provide light-touch mentoring, create opportunities for subject tasters and run creative and accessible coding events to encourage curiosity and exploration.

How do I apply?

Altitude 1800 (age 16-18)

The Altitude 1800 programme nurtures the hard and soft skills that will set you up to excel in technology-related careers. Alongside having access to extra-curricular and work experience opportunities, you will have access to high-quality mentoring provision.

How do I apply?

Altitude 2100 (age 18 - 21)

The Altitude 2100 programme provides you with the skills, support and networks to progress into the technology career that best aligns to your personal interests. As well as providing access to financial resources, we create opportunities for meaningful work experience and internships.

Who we are

Colin Ferguson

General Manager

Colin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation as it is established and grows. Colin is passionate about education, social mobility and demonstrating evidence-driven impact. His professional background covers university outreach, strategic planning, business intelligence and school governance. Originally from Northern Ireland, he moved to the North East over twelve years ago and hasn’t looked back! When he gets the time, Colin likes to run (a lot) and clean up after his two cats.

Charlotte Crossley

Events & Communications Manager

Charlotte plans and manages the Foundation’s events and communications. She is enthusiastic about equipping young people to make informed decisions about their future. Professionally, Charlotte has worked in widening participation, fundraising and volunteer engagement. Outside of work she plays roller derby and is an avid list maker.

Marie Stern-Peltz

Youth Development & Engagement Worker

Marie coordinates the Foundation’s mentoring programme. She is committed to supporting young people in pursuing their interests and empowering them to achieve their goals. Marie has worked as a teacher and high attainer coordinator in schools, supporting widening participation. When not at work, she can usually be found with a book, by the sea or hanging out with her high-strung poodle.


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Work with us

Altitude Foundation wants to work with like-minded organisations in the digital & tech sectors and in the charity and voluntary sectors who share our vision of a world where talented young people are able to achieve successful careers, regardless of background. We believe that by working collaboratively, we can collectively maximise individual effort for the whole North East region.

If you believe that there may be an opportunity for Altitude to work with your organisation to further shared goals, please get in touch and let us know.

Get in touch

Altitude Foundation
6th Floor, 1 St James' Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne

+44 191 345 4420