F4S is accepted onto NESTA’s Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) fund

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We recently applied for NESTA’s Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) fund and are happy to announce that we were accepted. The programme brings together business, civil society and government to help address major societal challenges facing those on low to middle incomes. One of the challenges we seek to tackle through the programme is Transition to Work: Moving young people from education, unemployment or inactivity into jobs. We thank NESTA for the opportunity and look forward to working with you.

New Service Features Update

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April 11th 2018

It has been a busy few months at Founders4Schools with a swag of new service features being added to both our original service to book business leaders into schools and Workfinder; our latest service to connect young people 16-24 years with fast growing companies. The following outline those recent updates. We wish to thank our team, funding partners, educators, business leaders, young people and those that advise us for helping us evolve and constantly improve our service.

New Diaries Function

The diary function was introduced in direct response to feedback schools across the country. Students often carry out work experience one afternoon a week, rather than in ‘blocks’ of consecutive weeks. This allows for greater flexibility for schools, young people and the businesses when booking placements. We have therefore built this into Workfinder so young people can now specify one morning, afternoon or full days a week that they would be available for work experience, as well as being able to choose a full time block.The feature update is still in development and we’ll keep you posted to it’s release date.

A huge thank you to Keith Staines and Stuart McInnes for leading on this feature update.

Workfinder WEP provider redirect link

To improve workfinder’s user experience we integrated an automatic redirect to our companies and partners websites that have established onboarding processes. It was a request that came from our business community to help them assess applicants and we are proud to say that it will increase the turnaround time and success rate for placement opportunities, benefitting both applicants and businesses with their own processes. It is currently live as of March 16th 2018.

We wish to thank Andrew Miller for bringing this feature update to life!

CV upload function

Recent focus groups with students and feedback from business leaders brought to our attention the need for a CV upload function. Currently, we provide an easy to use cover letter builder. Students wanted to provide more defining information about their unique experiences and business leaders also wanted the opportunity to learn more about applicants during the applications process. Now, when a student applies they can simply add/upload their cv with their cover letter.

The feature is currently live as of the 14th March and we welcome more feedback from users to how to further improve the application process.

A big shout out to those working on this feature update: Jake Lopez, Stuart McInnes, Keith Staines and Andrew Miller.

Teacher Dashboard

In a collaborative project with UFI and Nominet Trust we are developing a significant feature set upgrade for teachers. The Teacher Dashboard empowers teachers to request work experience placement vouchers and assign it to their students so they can monitor the progress of their pupils applying for work experience. Although very easy to use and reduces the admin time teachers, it serves as a powerful tool to help all of their pupils prepare for the world of work equally. The dashboard is planned to launch early April 2018.

This significant update will be brought to you by our fearless team members: Jake Lopez, Stuart McInnes, Alice Oakley and Bruno Alla.

Villiers Park

The Villiers Park INVOLVE initiative has been designed to enhance everyday classroom learning by empowering students to lead on enriching the learning communities in their schools and colleges. Students benefit through gaining key academic and personal skills which are recognised through an Award system.

Founders4Schools have partnered with Villiers Park to offer a unique, one-of-a-kind INVOLVE project. Through this project, students are able to design their own inspiring career event in their school and invite local business leaders to take part through the F4S portal.

We have built a unique student-friendly journey, in cooperation with Villiers Park and taking into account the safeguarding and protection of these students. Students are able to design, organise and drive the event, thus building their leadership abilities, confidence and transferable skills. We anticipate it going live at the end of March 2018.

We wish to give a big thanks to Bruno Alla and Alice Oakley for working on this project.


Improved Matching of Companies

We are constantly working to make the lives of our Business Leaders easier by automatically understanding which company they work for based on their Linkedin profile when they sign up with us. Recently we have cleaned up some code and more importantly patched a logic step where parent companies were not considered for our success criteria. Since adding parent companies to the success criteria and fixes, almost 900 new Business Leaders are available for educators to invite into the classroom.

We wish to recognition the swift and handy dev work of Stephanie Crampin and Bruno Alla for implementing this important update.

Social mobility and the 12 opportunity areas

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The Opportunity Areas programme was announced in October 2016, at that stage the initial six areas were identified and a further six areas were identified in January 2017.

The delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas outline how the government plans to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities.

The selection methodology explains how the government decided which areas would be classified as ‘opportunity areas’.

The selection data spreadsheet presents the data which they originally considered when identifying the areas in greatest need.

The 12 opportunity areas are:

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential

Opportunity areas are part of the government’s national plan for dealing with social mobility through education. The plan – Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential – is a policy paper which sets out how we will remove obstacles that could stop people from achieving their potential.