Experience Works: Addressing the UK’s Skills Gap

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Despite a frosty early morning start on the 16th January 2018, over 200 business leaders, educators and some impressive young people assembled into Livery Hall in Guildhall, as part of the City of London Corporation’s commitment to building the skills the City needs and connecting the City’s opportunities with London’s diverse talent. The reason for the overwhelming turnout was the greatly anticipated event to mark a way forward for providing meaningful work experience for young people up and down the country.

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman delivered a powerful keynote address for the event – he spoke about the role businesses can play in addressing the UK skills gap. The event also announced the launch of Workfinder, a workplace experience app helping young people to discover career opportunities in their local area.

Speakers include: Pearson CEO John Fallon, Alderman Peter Estlin, Unruly Co-founder Sarah Wood OBE, Founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates Russ Shaw, Teach First Founder and Honorary President Brett Wigdortz OBE and Founder and CEO of Babylon, Ali Parsa.

Speakers addressed the crucial importance of work experience and tell their own stories of welcoming young people to their organisations and giving us an idea of what success looks like and how businesses can inspire the next generation and make valuable connections to tomorrow’s talent.

The irrepressible vibrant young talent, Jack Parson, 23 year old CEO of Yourfeed, delivered a moving discussion and drove the point home eloquently, “Workfinder is more than an app, it’s a movement!”.

A very big thank you goes out to Pearson our co-host alongside The City of London for making the day possible and being committed supporters of our mission.

Here is the Interview with Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Founder and Sherry Coutu CBE, Chairman Founders4Schools, Workfinder and the Scaleup Institute, hosted by the endlessly entertaining Michael Hayman.

Introducing Workfinder

Photos from the event

Challenge Your Students With A Tenner

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Founders4Schools are proud to be partnering with the Tenner Challenge to connect business leaders with entrepreneurial young people seeking inspiration for their projects. We wish you all the best of luck!

Want to inspire your students with an Enterprise Competition to start the year? – Register Here

As students return to school after a few weeks of hibernation why not encourage them to take part in the Tenner Challenge? It only takes 4 simple steps and online registration is quick and easy.

  1. Here’s a tenner

The Challenge is free to enter and available to every young person across all abilities aged from 11- 19 years. £10 will be pledged directly from the Young Enterprise Tenner Bank to use as start-up capital to get their own student business idea off the ground. Everyone has 4 weeks to make as much profit as possible.

  1. Getting ready

The Challenge is fun and engaging, from starting with an idea to creating a product or service, designing a company logo and managing a budget to finally trading directly with the public. Following the 4 week plan provides practical opportunities to broaden the enterprise and careers curriculum and allows young people to discover for themselves what it means to be enterprising.

  1. Keep it going

Resources and videos are easy to access online giving top tips on how to get started, case studies and guidance to plan and run the challenge successfully. There are weekly competitions and a national Tenner Challenge competition to enter.   A great way to keep everyone on track from start to finish. Tenner is an original way of creating a fun learning activity by encouraging the fearless spirit of the young entrepreneur within a safe supported learning environment.

  1. Payback and keep the profit

At the end of the Challenge after £10 pledges are repaid back to the Tenner Bank with a £1 legacy contribution, everyone can decide how to spend or donate part or all of their profits to a charity or local project of their choice. Taking part can offer a platform for young people to drive social change in recognising an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the wider community.

Active learning

Using the Challenge as part of your programme of enterprise education and career guidance can have an impact on a variety of outcomes for young people. From greater self-awareness, giving an insight into how businesses are structured to demonstrating the different roles and career opportunities.

Tenner can support programmes of study requirements for a broad range of subjects including English and mathematics beyond class room learning and form a useful part of a coherent and progressive programme of enterprise education, giving opportunities to reflect and evaluate.

Don’t miss out – sign up today. Registration closes on 21st February!


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