Women-led businesses are ‘driving force’ of UK economy

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New analysis – based on open-government and LinkedIn data-sets – reveals how companies led by women grow, perform and rank – identifying the fastest-growing and most dynamic women-led business across the UK. To see the full report please click the link below:

Founders4Schools Inspirational Women Report 2017

Partner Newsletter January 2016

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It is a pleasure to highlight some of the great work that our partners have been doing with Founders4Schools and to celebrate the collective efforts of our ecosystem, working together to address the employability of young people throughout the UK.

Launch of Workfinder Pilot Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of Workfinder in schools in London, Cambridge and Manchester.  Workfinder is a work experience service helping students find work placements at Britain’s best companies in a few taps. Most students find valuable work experience through their parents, putting those who are deprived at a disadvantage.  We are ‘flipping the mode’ to make it super quick and easy for students to find work experience placements at fast growing companies before asking their parents or teachers for final signoff!  Similar to real life, except we are there with helpful suggestions and pointers along the way.

Many of you will know that we’ve been working on this intensively for the past two years (since August 2014) and Workfinder is the result of hundreds of consultations with business leaders, students, teachers, career coordinators and business leaders like yourself.  We are hugely grateful for the time, money and brains of everyone who helped us get here – special mentions go to the  Chelsea Apps Factory, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Hugh Campbell from GP Bullhound, Lorraine Lawson along with the Camden and Cambridge teacher, student and business communities and the Behavioural Insights Team from the Cabinet Office.

Other partner organisations we are co-delivering this alongside include the Federation of Small Business, the CBI, TeachFirst, Prince’s Trust, Young Enterprise, Form the Future, Transformation Trust, WorldSkills UK, and Villiers Park Educational Trust. They have expressed support of Workfinder and will help introduce us to schools within their networks throughout the UK.

This gives us a nice start for the pilot, though we would have liked to have been able to include more schools in each of the areas.  We are seeking additional donations so we might be able to widen the net and get more students into meaningful work experience placements. Let us know if you can help, recommend someone we should speak to, or just go to our home page and make a donation!

Lastly, a big thank you is extended to those who came to BETT 2017 on 25th January and supported the launch of Workfinder. An extra special acknowledgement to Adobe for hosting us at their booth and allowing us to provide a demo to guests.

Trainings and Workshops

On 14th December, TeachFirst hosted a workshop in the Isle of Wight, inviting local teachers to learn more about Founders4Schools services. It is always a pleasure to work closely with TeachFirst to provide teacher training.  The event was made possible due to Barclay’s generosity in opening its doors to host the event in Newport.

On 6th December, North East LEP invited Founders4Schools to meet with local business leaders and prominent educators to discuss ways to address the Scale-Up gap and the Skills gap, both of which impact the future growth in the UK. There was an enthusiastic response to the call to action, and the North East has continued to include Founders4Schools in discussions on ways the local communities can improve the employability of young people.

Teesside University invited us to join an active community of business leaders and business support representatives to discuss the challenges of scaling businesses in the region, and in turn increase youth employability.

Launch in Scotland

With the support of Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation, along with the partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Developing Young Workforce (DYW) with the Scottish Government, young people in Scotland will directly benefit from increased opportunities to have meaningful engagements with business leaders.  Founders4Schools was in Scotland in December to meet with SDS and DYW in preparation for the official launch in February.  Teachers will have access to a white label version of Founders4Schools platform through the My World of Work portal.

Our Frequent flier ‘shout-outs’…

Congratulations to teachers in Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, and Oxfordshire LEP  who have been setting up a storm of student-employer encounters for their students in the past three months!  We look forward to hearing how they go!

Congratulations to Dorset LEP, Oxfordshire LEP and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP with the highest average Student-Employer Encounters per Teacher in the last three months – an inspiration to teachers everywhere to know that your students are meeting more employers than most!

Click HERE to see how teachers in your city are doing – feel free to mention Founders4Schools to your child’s teacher next time you see them!

Invite a teacher you know along to our free training webinars if you like – we’ll have your classroom brimming with job-creators in no time!

To sign-up for our free training webinars, please visit: Eventbrite

 Thank you to the Careers and Enterprise Company for making these possible.

 If you can’t make these dates, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do! To schedule a training for your ECs or EAs on how to use our platform as well as to schedule an employability briefing with key members of your LEP, please email: Kate Walker, kate.walker@founders4schools.org.uk

We look forward to continuing to showcase the efforts and impact of our partners.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sherry Coutu

 

Business leader newsletter January 2017

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As a fellow business leader, it is a pleasure to highlight some of the great work that we’ve been up to at Founders4Schools and to celebrate the collective efforts of our ecosystem, working together to address the employability of young people throughout the UK.

With your help, we’ve now facilitated just under 50,000 students experiencing 130,000 student-employer encounters.  Every hour you spend in a classroom or hosting a workplace visit or hosting a student on work experience makes such a huge difference, especially since it is so hard to hire people with the right skills set!

Special thanks in particular to Founders Forum, Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, Salesforce.org, Local Globe, Tech London Advocates and KPMG for encouraging your members and employees to generously give their time to teachers when they ask.

These encounters, as you know, are the most powerful levers known to cause a student to study subjects like Data Science, which makes them like gold-dust to us. No one can tell us what subject to study, but it’s amazing what your enthusiasm for your chosen path can do for a student’s motivation, especially if neither of their parents work. Please keep saying yes when asked!  Please also refer other business leaders to us - we need more up and down the country!

 

Launch of Workfinder, the work experience service

 I was delighted to announce the launch of our first B2C product Workfinder at BETT 2017 last week.  This work experience service helps students in pilot schools in London, Cambridge and Manchester find work placements at Britain’s best companies in a few taps of their mobile device. Most students find work experience through their parents, putting those who are from deprived backgrounds at a disadvantage. So we’re levelling the playing field.  We will pilot Workfinder at our ‘frequent flyer schools’ and roll it out nationally as soon as we can.  If you are willing to offer work experience placements to children to give them their first taste of work, please signup below: 

I’d like to offer work placements

 Many of you will know that we’ve been working on this intensively for the past two years (since August 2014) and it is the product of hundreds of consultations with business leaders, students, teachers, career coordinators and business leaders like yourself.  We are hugely grateful to the time, money and brains who helped us get here – special mentions go to the  Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Hugh Campbell from GP Bullhound and the Camden and Cambridge teacher, student and business communities.  

 Other partner organisations we are looking forward to working collaboratively with on this include the Federation of Small Business, CBI, TeachFirst, Prince’s Trust, Young Enterprise, Form the Future, Transformation Trust, WorldSkills UK, and Villiers Park Educational Trust to help introduce us to schools within their networks throughout the UK.

Lastly, a big thank you is extended to those who came to BETT 2017 on 25th January and supported the launch of Workfinder. An extra special acknowledgement to Adobe for hosting us at their booth and allowing us to provide a demo to guests.

Training Workshops

 On 14th December, TeachFirst hosted a workshop in the Isle of Wight, inviting local teachers to learn more about Founders4Schools services. It is always a pleasure to work closely with TeachFirst to provide teacher training.  The event was made possible due to Barclay’s generosity in opening its doors to host the event in Newport.

On 6th December, North East LEP invited us to meet with local business leaders and educators to discuss ways to address the Scale-Up gap and the Skills gap, both of which impact the future growth in the UK. There was an enthusiastic response and I can’t wait to tell you what they are planning in May!  It’s huge!

We’ve also been to Teesside University to join an active community of business leaders and business support representatives to discuss the challenges of scaling businesses in the region, and in turn increase youth employability.

Invite a teacher you know to our free training webinars if you like – we’ll have your classroom brimming with job-creators in no time ;-)

You can also mention to teachers you know that they can sign-up for our free training webinars, please visit:

Thank you to the Careers and Enterprise Company for making these possible.

Scottish skills and scaleups

With the support of Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Developing Young Workforce (DYW) with the Scottish Government, teachers in Scotland will now have access to a white-label version of Founders4Schools platform through the My World of Work portal.  Watch this space – and if you know scottish business leaders, please encourage them to say yes when asked!

Our Frequent flier ‘shout-outs’…

Congratulations to teachers in Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, and Oxfordshire LEP who have been clicking up a storm of student-employer encounters for their students in the past three months!  We look forward to hearing how they go!

Congratulations to Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley with the highest average Student-Employer Encounters per Teacher in the last three months – an inspiration to teachers everywhere to know that your students are meeting more employers than most!

Click HERE to see how teachers in your city are doing – feel free to mention founders4schools to your child’s teacher next time you see them!

We also remain grateful to our Corporate Partners whose generosity has given us the foundations upon which we rest.  Special shout-outs to Linkedin, DueDil, PCA Predict, Korn Ferry, Odgers Berndtson, Olswang, City University London and Goldman Sachs.  We could not do this without you.

Yours sincerely,

Sherry Coutu CBE

Advisor newsletter January 2017

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As a valued Advisor to founders4schools, it is a pleasure to highlight some of the great work that our partners and business leaders have done, and to celebrate the collective efforts of our ecosystem, working together to address the employability of young people throughout the UK.

With your help, we’ve now facilitated just under 50,000 students experiencing 130,000 student-employer encounters.  Every hour a business leader spends in a classroom or hosting a class on a workplace visit or a student on work experience makes such a huge difference – especially since it is so hard to hire people with the right skills set!

Special thanks in particular to Founders Forum, Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, Salesforce.org, Local Globe, Tech London Advocates and KPMG for encouraging your members and employees to generously give their time to teachers when they ask.

These encounters, as you know, are the most powerful lever known to cause a student to study subjects like Data Science, which makes them like gold-dust to us.  No one can tell us what subject to study, but it’s amazing what your enthusiasm for your chosen path can do for a student’s motivation, especially if neither of their parents work. Please keep saying yes when asked!  Please also refer other business leaders to us - we need more up and down the country!

Launching Workfinder, the work experience service

I was delighted to announce the launch of our first B2C product called Workfinder at BETT last week.  This work experience service helps students in pilot schools in London, Cambridge and Manchester find work placements at Britain’s best companies in a few taps of their mobile device. Most students find work experience through their parents, putting those who are from deprived backgrounds at a disadvantage. So we’re levelling the playing field.  We will pilot it at our ‘frequent flyer schools’, and roll it out nationally as soon as we can.  If you are willing to offer work experience placements to children to give them their first taste of work, please signup below:

I’d like to offer work placements

Many of you will know that we’ve been working on this intensively for the past two years (since August 2014) and it is the product of hundreds of consultations with business leaders, students, teachers, career coordinators and business leaders like yourself.  We are hugely grateful for the time, money and brains who helped us get here – special mentions go to the  Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Hugh Campbell from GP Bullhound, and the Camden and Cambridge teacher, student and business communities.  

Other partner organisations we are looking forward to working collaboratively with on this include the Federation of Small Business, CBI, TeachFirst, Prince’s Trust, Young Enterprise, Form the Future, Transformation Trust, WorldSkills UK, and Villiers Park Educational Trust to help introduce us to schools within their networks throughout the UK.

Lastly, a big thank you is extended to those who came to BETT 2017 on 25th January and supported the launch of Workfinder. An extra special acknowledgement to Adobe for hosting us at their booth and allowing us to provide a demo to guests.

Scottish skills and scaleups

We’re going to help Scotland scaleup!  I’m thrilled to share with you that we’ve won a contract from the Hunter Foundation to work with  Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Developing Young Workforce (DYW) to white-label Founders4Schools so that teachers can find business leaders via the “My World of Work” website, which they are accustomed to using. We are all hopeful that this will help the next generation in Scotland to encounter many more business leaders much more easily which will help them grow the economy once they are out of school.

Training Workshops

On 14th December, TeachFirst hosted a workshop in the Isle of Wight, inviting local teachers to learn more about Founders4Schools services. It is always a pleasure to work closely with TeachFirst to provide teacher training.  The event was made possible due to Barclay’s generosity in opening its doors to host the event in Newport.

On 6th December, North East LEP invited us to meet with local business leaders and educators to discuss ways to address the Scale-Up gap and the Skills gap, both of which impact the future growth in the UK. There was an enthusiastic response and I can’t wait to tell you what they are planning in May!  It’s huge!

We’ve also been to Teesside University to join an active community of business leaders and business support representatives to discuss the challenges of scaling businesses in the region, and in turn increase youth employability.

Invite a teacher you know along to our free training webinars if you like – we’ll have your classroom brimming with job-creators in no time ;-)

 You can also mention to teachers you know that they can signup to our free training webinars at the following times:

 Thank you to the Careers and Enterprise Company for making these possible.

Advisory Board meetings set to date

Wednesday 22nd March 8.30-10.30am [Marketing theme]

Tuesday 2 May  8.30-10.30am

Wednesday 24th May 8.30-10.30am

Wednesday 21st June 8.30-10.30am

Tuesday 18th July 4.00-8.00pm (meeting followed by drinks)

August – None

Wednesday 13th September 12.30-2.30pm

Wednesday 11th October 8.30-10.30am

Wednesday 6th December 4.00-8.00pm (meeting followed by drinks)

 

F4S dates for you to note:

  • F4S Scotland launch – 13th and 14th Feb (Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively) March (Aberdeen and Inverness)
  • Opening the London Stock Exchange to celebrate F4S volunteer female CEOs – 6th March
  • TLA Diversity in Tech – 9th March
  • North East LEP celebration of F4S – 10 May
  • F4S named Charity of the Year at WCIT during London tech week – 14 June
  • Second anniversary of founders4schools – please sponsor this! – 15 June
  • International/National Women in Engineering Day – 23rd June
  • House of Lords event to celebrate teachers’ use of F4S – 27 Sept
  • NELEP Bring it on event – engineering – 3rd/4th October
  • Women of the World, Southbank Centre – 11th October
  • Keynote at girls schools association – 20th November

 

Our Frequent flier ‘shout-outs’

Congratulations to teachers in Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and Oxfordshire LEP who have been clicking up a storm of student-employer encounters for their students in the past three months!  We look forward to hearing how they go!

Congratulations to Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley with the highest average Student-Employer Encounters per Teacher in the last three months. It’s an inspiration to teachers everywhere to know that your students are meeting more employers than most!

Click HERE to see how teachers in your city are doing – feel free to mention founders4schools to your child’s teacher next time you see them!

We also remain grateful to our Corporate Partners whose generosity has given us the foundations upon which we rest. Special shout-outs to Linkedin, DueDil, PCA Predict, Korn Ferry, Odgers Berndtson, Olswang, City University London and Goldman Sachs.  We could not do this without you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sherry Coutu CBE

Founders4School’s Work Experience App

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Founders4School’s Work Experience App due to launch 25 Jan at BETT 2017.

The Trustees of Founders4Schools and I believe this service will be transformative to the UK economy.

The objective of the app is to offer the 1.2 million secondary school students the ability to apply for and monitor Work Experience placements with growing businesses near them while they are at secondary school.

We have run employer consultations, student consultations and school consultations over the past year, secured a corporate sponsor who will pay us to create these placements if the student is from a disadvantaged background and are building the app right now.

This service was developed on the back of the excellent work done by the April 2016 House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility, which highlighted the value of and shortcomings in opportunities for work experience in the UK.

Our service will be locally available and we have access to 15,500 potential providers right now due to the previous investments we have made, so we believe that there will be enough opportunities for young people to experience work.

Two-thirds of employers say that work experience is a critical or significant factor when they are recruiting; yet under one-third actually offer some form of work placement or experience to unemployed people, school children or college students.

If employers wish to recruit people ready for the workplace, they must offer experiences of work to school students to help them to develop these skills.

We are seeking donations to defray the investment cost of developing the service from a syndicate of foundations, corporations and individuals, and you may have a view as to who else we should speak to.

Anyone who chooses to support us, this would have a direct impact on our goal to improve the employability of the next generations of school leavers through our Work Experience programme, and will help decrease the number of students Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) which currently stands at 8.4% of young people aged between 16-19.

Yours sincerely,

Sherry Coutu CBE

 

Project Brief: Work Experience for secondary school students (England)

1. The Opportunity

In April 2016 the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility published a report on improving the transition from school to work. Key findings of the report emphasised the importance of improving careers guidance and advice for young people and highlighted the value of and shortcomings in opportunities for work experience in the UK.

The report concluded that work experience is an essential enabler of the school/workplace transition, adding that young adults who could recall high levels of employer contacts throughout their education experience were 20 per cent less likely to be NEETs at the end of school, and 18 per cent more likely to earn more. The report also reported several challenging factors:

Young people tend to gain work experience through their informal networks, which limits them to what is available through those networks. This means that within the current system, aspirations remain fixed.

  • Experience needs to be locally available, as 16 and 17-year-olds do not travel
  • There are not enough opportunities for young people to experience work
  • Two-thirds of employers say that work experience is a critical or significant factor when they are recruiting; yet under one-third actually offer some form of work placement or experience to unemployed people, school children or college students. If employers wish to recruit people ready for the workplace, they must offer experiences of work to school students to help them to develop these skills

Employers require different types of placements for different purposes, but all are important to the businesses they support. Smaller employers tend to offer single, shorter placements, while larger employers have multiple and longer placements available, and are more likely to offer internships.

The report “Increasing the offer of work experience: can demand match supply?” from the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), reveals that all work placements are tied to business need and improve student employability.

As you know, 82 per cent of scale-ups report that they could grow their company faster if the people who applied to them had the specific skills they needed; the CBI lists low levels of skills in the workforce as the single biggest perceived threat to UK competitiveness in the next five years; and the Royal Society’s vision report forecasted that the number of new science, engineering and tech professionals required in the UK by 2020 will increase by an additional 1 million people.

This document proposes a national work experience service that addresses these challenges and connects students to SMEs; the primary provider of new job opportunities in the UK. The service will be quick and easy to use, and builds on a tried and tested online service capability and an easily searchable database of UK SMEs.

2. The Founders4Schools Work Experience Proposal

Why Founders4Schools?

Founders4Schools’ (F4S) mission is to improve the employability of every young person in education, by giving them access to business leaders in their community.

At F4S our goal is to prepare all young people for the jobs of the future and provide them with opportunities that will help them have high-impact careers. We exist to provide them with the tools that will inspire them and enable them to experience what it’s like to work in a fast growing company, in roles and sectors that are in high demand and will be relevant when they leave education.

F4S has already developed deep insights into the value of students interacting with business leaders during school years through the F4S service. We are ideally positioned to connect two huge sources of talent and future growth.
F4S already uses its partnerships with key industry players LinkedIn and DueDil to maintain comprehensive, up to date intelligence on small and medium enterprises in the UK, and will harness this unique capability to connect students to work experience opportunities nearby. We know from our current business leader partners that many of them are keen to provide work experience.
We will build on our relationships with more than 600 educational partners, including Teach First, Prince’s Trust, Barclays and the Careers and Enterprise Company to ensure that the work experience is offered first and foremost to those who need it most.

How the new service will work?

F4S Work Experience extends the current F4S national offering, which already provides services to teachers and their students at a hyper-local level. The new service will enable school students to explore their local labour market and to approach employers via our easy-to-use mobile app.

Students will have the ability to view, shortlist and apply to companies that interest them using our proprietary recommendations. Each student will be provided with a personal ‘dashboard’ to keep a log of their work experience activities as they improve their work readiness and skills over the years.

When combined with the current F4S service, this provides the potential to include multiple activity types – so that a student’s dashboard will include a timeline with the following:

  • A log of several role model events
  • Note of the companies they met at the careers fairs at their school
  • Applying for and undertaking (several) work experience placements

Young people will be encouraged to evaluate and score their work experience, and to receive feedback from the employer. The dashboard will be structured in a timeline format that will enable them to see their progress month after month, from year to year.

Founders4Schools Business Leaders will receive messages from Founders4Schools on behalf of the student explaining that the student is seeking a work placement and sharing with the employer the student’s CV and cover letter. If the business leader accepts the application, Founders4Schools will receive a fee for the placement. Access to an employer dashboard enables the employer to interact with the applicant and feed back to the student on their performance. The employers will also receive briefings on how to best offer work experience and will have access to what students say about their work experience.

The service will benefit a number of stakeholders:

Students: The service gives control to students to explore work experience that they feel is relevant and convenient to them. Students receive guidance and briefings on how to conduct themselves at work, and access to other students’ feedback on how prospective employers are rated as Work Experience providers.
Matching: The service allows the work placement to take place over the platform.
Matching: The service allows the work placement to take place over the platform.
Feedback: The student keeps and can invite others to view their record of their experience so that other students can learn from their experience.
SMEs: Provides busy and resource-constrained SME HR functions an easy, one-stop channel to access their future talent pool.
Schools: Expands access to relevant local employers and increases schools’ ability to help students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.
Parents: Provides them with a tool to help their children explore the local labour market and access to the leaders who run those companies.

Across UK scale-ups, the service will match talent and capacity, preparing a young workforce for productive, high-value careers in businesses that deliver growth.

3. Project Objective

Founders4Schools will create a Work Experience service to enable a secondary school student to discover, compare, undertake and evaluate meaningful work experiences that build their skills and confidence.

The service will enable an employer to find relevant work experience candidates and to easily provide them with constructive feedback.

Target student population: The service will be marketed to 6th form students in schools that use the F4S Role Model and Careers Services we provide.

The F4S offer described in this document will not target university students or other young persons outside secondary education. F4S will seek to work with other organisations to achieve a smooth transition for students as they leave school and enter university.

Employers: This service will provide students with access to leaders of companies with more than £ 1 million in turnover, where that turnover is increasing, as this is where the majority of new UK employment opportunities are created.

Founders4Schools is seeking corporate sponsorship to make the service available free of charge to students.

Development Plan

The following development plan has been followed::

Definition, Planning and Funding

F4S has defined the Work Experience proposition and is seeking assistance in securing resources to support delivery of the plan.

Consultation

To ensure widespread take-up and adoption of the service, the design has been informed by the needs and preferences of school students and employers.

Student consultations:

Students will be consulted on their understanding of work experience, how they might approach the marketplace, how they would use a service and the features they would value. This work is underway.

School consultations:

Secondary schools who use the Founders4Schools Role Model and Career Services have been consulted on their understanding of work experience, how they would use a service and the features they would value. This work is underway and we are clear that our approach is novel and a significant improvement to what is currently on offer.

Employer consultations:

Employers will be consulted on the types of work experience they find easiest to offer, and how they would prefer to filter interest and give feedback to students. This work is underway.

Collaboration:

    • F4S has agreed with Barclays LifeSkills to embed their briefings for employers and students.
    • F4S has agreements in place with LinkedIn and links to Government databases so that only relevant employers will be approached.
    • F4S has developed the service WITH students so we are confident that the solution we have in mind will be empowering and engaging for them.
    • F4S has developed this service with several schools throughout the country

Service Design:

Based on the consultation, a work placement service will be designed end-to-end.

Platform Design and Build

F4S anticipates that the service will need to be available both on desktop and as an app for mobiles; this will be confirmed at the consultation stage above. Current plans assume that the student journey will be on an app, and that the employer functions will be solely desktop-based.

Platform Design and Build

The service will be created in partnership with schools and employers with whom F4S has worked in the past.  Once the service platforms are proven to be technically stable, the service will be prototyped in Cambridge and Manchester, where F4S has already secured a strong user and partner base.

Roll out to scale

Following successful pilot the service will be marketed and promoted to STUDENTS, with support available to ensure the service is understood and fully utilised.  Take-up and usage will continue to be tracked using the metrics below.

5. Milestones * (paid for to date by a single HNW individual)

Definition, planning and funding May 2016
Consultation May – July 2016
Service design June – Sept 2016
Platform design and build Sept – Dec 2016
Beta test and pilot launch Jan – Mar 2017
Roll out Jan 25 2017 onwards *

 

6. Measuring success

Following launch, F4S intends to track the following indicators across pilot LEPs (and subsequently across the UK) to assess take up and effectiveness of the service:

  • Students and employers that register to use the service
  • Schools that register to use the service
  • Impact of the service in terms of student subject choices (for participating schools only)
  • Students using the service to request a placement
  • Employers using the service to offer a placement
  • Number of placements successfully brokered
  • Satisfaction rating of users of the service
  • Aged open placement offers
  • Student and employer satisfaction feedback on completed placements

7. Marketing the service

We plan to release the new service to students with the support of schools and partners who already use our service.

A year in review (f4s)

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1 Jan 2017

Dear F4S Stakeholders,

As I look back on 2016, I wanted to share with you my reflections on our progress to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds become more employable.

To date, founders4schools has facilitated 44,000 students connecting with employers to help students better understand the world they will enter when they are older and the jobs they might hold or create in the future.  The briefings we share with the employers prior to these student-employer encounters ensures that they impart how moments of choice influence the lives that the students will lead in coming years.

The impact of student-employer encounters is well known: research has shown that students who have 4 student-employer encounters are 5 times less likely to become NEET and 3 times more likely to choose a STEM subject.

As you may know, founders4Schools began in 2011 as a service extension of Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.  Once the depth of the skills crisis became apparent and the impact student-employer encounters had, we worked with teachers, parents and leaders of the business community to create a solution that addressed the problem of youth employability at scale. In June 2013 we released our ‘beta’ platform that enabled teachers to create in-class student-employer encounters in the same amount of time it took them to order a book from amazon or groceries from tesco.  In 2015, we created a charity by spinning out the project from ‘Silicon Valley comes to the UK and today, our Trustees, work in collaboration with Partners to capture the imagination of young people that gives them the confidence and skills to create the innovations that will define our future.  In 2016 we provided services to educators, business leaders, local government, and corporate supporters.  In 2017, we will improve upon the services that work well, discontinue those that don’t and introduce services for students for the first time.

Services for educators:

Today we are blessed that teachers in schools in 30 of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships in the UK use f4s search services to find leaders from their local business community in order to arrange a wide variety of student-employer encounters.

  • We provide teachers who arrange student-employer encounters with a “teacher account dashboard” to help keep track of their encounters over time.

  • We assist teachers who arrange Student-Employer Encounters by 

    • Briefing the employers on their behalf

    • Sending them Alerts whenever a business leader accepts their invitation

    • Preparing a ‘Guest visitor briefing’ for them to send to the school office

    • Surveying them once the encounters have taken place, to see what they thought of the guests.  If a teacher feels a guest they sourced over our services to be ‘needing improvement’, we remove that leader from appearing in future search results. 

  • Teachers who have registered to receive our (weekly) teacher briefings enjoy peer insights from other teachers about how best to inspire students to make the best choices with regards to subjects and activities. 

  • The teacher toolkit on our web-site provides a rich treasure-trove of student-employer encounter videos, lesson-plans and case-studies teachers have shared with us to make available to their peers, 

  • Our headteacher briefings provide valuable insights as to how other schools approach careers talks, work experience, enterprise days and teacher training with regards to employability. 

In 2017, teachers who have arranged student-employer encounters with us, will receive personalised recommendations of encounters they might consider arranging based on our local labour market insights.

Services for local government

  • Our (quarterly) employability reports provide those who lead local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnership with research as to how other communities are tackling the skills gap so they can benchmark their own progress. 

  • Our monthly CEC webinars provide CEC coordinators and Enterprise Advisors with personalized employability recommendations of how to improve the employability of students in that community.  These are currently funded to July 2017 via the Careers & Enterprise Company.

  • Our alert services provides alerts to subscribers so they know whenever an employability event has been arranged to take place in the geographic area.

Services for corporate supporters

  • Our partner insight services provides personalized student-employer encounter impact analyses on a real-time basis to our partners.

  • Our (monthly) partner e-briefings shares insights about how teachers and partners in our network are tackling the skills-gap. 

  • Our employee-engagement services for large corporates are in beta at the moment and under review.  If you’d like to know more, let us know. 

Services for business leaders who volunteer their time to students

  • Our (monthly) business leader briefings provide insights to our volunteers on the impact of f4s-powered student-employer encounters and insights into what works best.  We also highlight research (from others) as to what types of encounters work best for certain age groups for tackling the skills gap which they suffer from as employers.

  • Our personalized business leader event briefings provide business leaders with guidance as to how best to tailor their encounter with the students in order to inspire them.

  • Our personalized business leader “account dashboard” makes it easy for business leaders to keep track of the student-employer encounters they have agreed to over time.

  • We also share with them event feedback from the survey we conducted with the teacher immediately after their encounter.

I remain in awe of the extent to which the business community generously gives their time when asked to do so for the employability of students in their communities and hope to host an awards ceremony that recognizes the contribution they are making along with a new employer insight reporting service dedicated to the business leaders who do the most in their communities.

I would like to thank the following partners for their continued support of our mission: Barclays, The Hunter Foundation, CEC, Hugh Campbell of GP Bullhound, LinkedIn, Postcode Anywhere, DueDil, Salesforce, BBC, Goldman Sachs, In Kind Direct, JP Morgan and Digital Catapult. Their support is critical to our success and on behalf of the team I am very grateful.

Looking forward to 2017, we intend to make improvements to the services we provide to educators, local government, partners as well as introduce work placement services for students for the first time.

Best wishes,

Sherry Coutu CBE
Chairman
Founders4Schools

F4S Student-Employer Encounters

As of the 1 January 2017, F4S had facilitated more than 127,000 student-employer encounters.  The following pages summarise key questions asked by stakeholders:

  1. What age are the students who benefit from the student-employer encounters arranged by teachers using F4s?

  2. What type of student-employer encounters are usually arranged by teachers using F4s?

  3. Which cities are the heaviest users of F4S services?

  4. Are teachers in the greatest areas of need using services like F4S?

  5. What schools are using F4S services the most?

  6. Which encounter type makes the most difference to student outcomes?

Student-employer encounters: Distribution by Age of Student 

  • We are pleased with the age distribution which means that our concentration on ensuring students meet business leaders when they are facing their key moments of choice is working.

  • The pie chart on the left shows that the encounters teachers arranged span primary and secondary age students from 8 to 18 years old.

  • The most student-employer encounters have taken place with 14 to 16 year olds. The Stacked bar-chart on the right shows a trend towards encounters being arranged for 15 and 16 year-old students which is in line with the current curricular guidance and our own business development that concentrated on partnerships focused on secondary school students.  In 2017, we hope to release impact analyses that enable us to guide teachers as to the best term to arrange career talks, work place visits, work experience and enterprise days and the best age for these types of encounters.

Student-employer encounters: Distribution by Type of Encounter:

Teachers can arrange ‘in-class, whole-school or ‘at workplace’ encounters over our service: In class services have been available over our platform since 2013 and we introduced ‘whole ‘school’ services early in 2016 and ‘at workplace’ services in late 2016.

In terms of “in-class services”, the following encounter-types are available:

  • career learning co-delivered by teachers and employers (Introduced April 2016)

  • careers talks (since inception)

  • curriculum learning co-delivered by teachers and employers (introduced April 2016)

  • cv workshops (introduced Nov 2016)

  • employer delivered employability skills workshops (since inception)

  • enterprise activities (since inception)

  • mock interviews (since inception)

  • employer mentoring (introduced Nov 2016)

  • enterprise competitions (since inception)

In terms of “whole-school services”, the following encounter-types are now available:

  • careers fairs (introduced Jan 2016)

  • careers talks (since inception)

In terms of “at workplace services”, the following encounter-types are now available:

  • work place visits (introduced June 2016)

  • 1-2 week work experience (introduced Jan 2017)

From 2017, we will introduce impact reporting by encounter type as a result of a major upgrade that we were able to make because of a grant from the Careers & Enterprise Company.

Student-employer encounters: Distribution by Geography: 

We are pleased that teachers are arranging student-employer encounters throughout the UK.

As at 1 Jan 2017, Cambridge, London, and Thames Valley Berkshire lead the student-employer league tables with 112, 58 and 49 student employer encounters per 1000 students.  We aspire to 4000 student-employer encounters per 1000 student population, but remain very far away from that goal.

Employability reports by LEP were made possible due to a grant we received from the Careers and Employment Company.

Student-employer encounters:  Distribution by Need:

We recognise that some young people have a greater need for career support than others.This may be because they lack the family networks that can support their career aspirations, because they are not doing very well at school or because they are struggling to find opportunities in the area in which they live.

We think it is important that career support is channelled to those who need it and to where it can make the most difference.

This section sets out our report of where career support is most needed. We have used existing data to look at this and to identify the areas that CEC refers to as cold spots. We will use this analysis to inform the strategy of founders4schools and to guide the direction of our resources.

The figure below, which is accurate as of 1 Jan 2017, shows that there is a significant amount of effort being made in the areas of greatest need, but it also shows that there is more work to be done: It is heartening to see that for every LEP in each CEC category of need we have examples of high adopters to match those that do not use our services.

We will work with partners to address the ten LEPs in the greatest area of need with the least student-employerencounters in 2017.

Local Enterprise Partnership Areas with the greatest need:

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (7/0)| The Marches (5/0)  | Worcester (5/0) | Tees Valley (5/2) |  Liverpool (5/2.5) |  Stoke on Trent (4/0) |  Leicester (4/1.4) |  South East Midlands (4/4.3) |  Solent (4/5.2) |  Leeds (4/6.5) |  York and North Yorkshire (4/7.8) |  Sheffield (4/8.6)

Student-employer encounters: Innovation by Schools

We are grateful to the hundreds of teachers who use our services in innovative ways to further the employability of their students and it is difficult to highlight one over the other.  Having said that, these teachers stand out in particular for their pioneering efforts that we believe to be of particularly high impact: What will the students want to do when they grow up and what subjects they will choose in order to get there? We are certain that his drawing on local businesses will make a huge difference to the paths students take and we look forward to reporting to you the impact as soon as the analyses are complete.

In-Class: Career Talks

Paul Butterworth from West Hill School, near Manchester.

With 4480 student-employer encounters to his name so far, Paul leads the way on arranging 7 times more encounters with business leaders than the national average.

In-Class: Mentoring

Diarmuid Molloy,  from UCL Academy in London.

Diarmuid pioneered an employer mentoring programme at UTC to give 12-18 years old students the opportunity to work in teams with employers on real projects.

In-Class: Diversity

Diarmuid also pioneered using female business leaders with STEM backgrounds in to help his students explore study and career paths. We encourage all teachers to follow his lead in March  during women-in-stem week

In-Class: Curriculum

Richard Northover, from Holland Park School in London.

Richard pioneered integrating business leaders into the school day by substituting traditional tutor time activities with talks from role models in order to raise the aspirations of his 16 and 17 year old Year 11 students. He also arranges business leaders to speak to large groups of age 13, 14, & 15 students in Year 9 and Year 10.

At-Workplace: Secondary
Dawn Woodcock from Tottenham UTC, in London.

Dawn is our leading example of how teachers use Workplace Visits to give her age 16 to 18 students a sense of what kind of work their degree might lead to.  We particularly like her “Computer Science UCAS Visits” for students considering Computer Science at University.

At-Workplace: Primary
Rosemary O’Brien from Torriano Primary School in London.

Rosemary is our leading example of how primary school teachers use Workplace Visits to give her age 10 and 11 year old students a sense of high impact careers in growth sectors that will be relevant when they leave education.

Whole-School: 

Careers Fairs

Beckie Knight-Croft from Bexleyheath Academy in, London.

Beckie pioneered careers fairs that feature speed-networking in small groups. 12 to 15 year old students encounter 10 employersper hour.

Student-employer encounters: Distribution by Type & Impact

We are excited to be working with Cambridge Assessment and the Careers and Enterprise company to help ascertain the impact of student employer encounters by type in 2017.  This workstream was originally funded by the Nominet Trust and we are very excited about sharing the outcomes as they emerge because it will allow us to further refine the teacher briefings we make and the personalised recommendations we make to teachers and students regarding their next encounter.

‘People Like Me’ goes digital

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WISE event “People Like Me” on January 19th in Slough is designed to promote women in Science, Technology and Engineering. The event is free and will include a panel of speakers from government, education and industry.

The WISE campaign advises organisations on how to create environments where women can thrive and best develop their work.

Using our filters, you may also invite female Business Leaders into your school to inspire young women in STEM.

Countering Student Disengagement: the importance of mentoring and role models

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Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company wrote last week on the importance of mentoring to tackle disengagement in the early teenage years. According to Harris, Role Models can have a “powerful impact” on students, in particular when students can relate to them.

In the article, Harris affirms how this type of interaction between students and role models can have a “transformative effect amid today’s fast changing careers”.

At Founders4Schools we are also keen to engage the next generation of business leader mentors, which is why we are launching a new Mentoring service.

Important information regarding new encounter types

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Thanks to all of the teachers providing feedback. We have listened and will introduce, amongst other, two types of Mentoring encounter.

Teachers will now be able to select from encounters happening in-class, in the school and in the workplace:

In-Class Encounters

Mock Interviews

Invite business leaders to hold mock interviews, which are an emulation of a job interview used for training purposes. The exercise usually resembles a real interview as closely as possible, for the purpose of providing a learning experience for students.

Role-Model Encounters

Find business leaders near you to inspire your students about tomorrow’s jobs and how they relate to the subjects students are currently learning the classroom.

Mentoring

Find business leaders to support and encourage small groups of students to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they aspire to be.

Speed mentoring

Find business leaders to participate is a series of short, focused conversations about specific career questions and topics. Business leaders meet a limited number of mentees in 10-minute time slots each. When directed, mentees will proceed to their mentor’s table.

Encounters in the school

Careers Fairs

Find employers from your local community to join careers fairs that you’ve organised for students at your school.

Keynote careers address

Invite a successful business leader to inspire a group of students by talking in-depth about the journey they took from school through their career. This format usually includes only one business leader talking for an extended period of time.

In the workplace

Workplace Visits

Bringing sectors and jobs to life and inspire young people to consider their career options and raise aspirations through offering a visit to a workplace in your local community.

Hour of Code is coming up

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A worldwide, exciting, and inspiring opportunity to learn coding is coming up soon: Hour of Code! Over 293 million hours of coding practice and introduction have already been hosted worldwide in over 30 languages and with over 200,000 educators. The event takes place during the Computer Science Education Week (December 5-9), but Hour of Code events are hosted all year round. These events are designed to introduce anyone (aged 4-104) to the world of coding through simple, didactic tutorials. Participating is also free!

The Hour of Code organisers also offer free tutorials for you to test your coding knowledge (hint: no experience necessary, why not give it a go?).  

It is a great opportunity to join now and boost students’ interest in this exciting activity designed to demystify coding and inspire students to learn this pragmatic skill.

Learn more here: https://goo.gl/J1nQsp

Perhaps you may also want to inspire your students about coding by inviting business leaders in the information technology industry to your classroom? Using our filters, doing so is easy!