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