A Battersea school teacher who did not plan on choosing the career said his experiences through Teach First have given him "great focus".
Niall Alcock who started on the company's Leadership Development Programme has now gone on to start his own venture to improve teacher training.
He told getwestlondon: "I don't think teachers are always heard and so teaching schools are a beacon to support which are not for profit and and offer extraordinary value."
Commenting on how Teach First helped him go through the ranks, he said: "They help you build relationships everywhere and I've developed a much greater understanding that everyone needs to be listened to and supported - as well as how to respond to people's needs.
"It's also taught me tolerance and has given me a greater moral compass."
Niall's enterprise, CPD Bee, came after he recalls teaching at school being a challenging experience.
"I found myself in charge with limited knowledge where recruitment and retention is difficult and you're teaching children from a difficult background," he said.
Anna Townsend, local director for west London, Teach First said: "Our commitment to you doesn’t end when the programme does.
"Whether your career progresses inside or outside the classroom, if you’re committed to ending educational inequality in West London then we’ll help you all the way with the skills, resources and tools to make your mark."
"Ultimately the problem of educational inequality will not be solved by teachers and schools alone.
"This is one of society’s biggest problems so they need supporters in charities, social enterprises, local business and government to help end this shameful gap between the poorest and richest students.
"This is a cause that everyone should be rallying around and committing to ensuring every child gets the best start in life."
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