More support for young people through Workfinder

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Founders4Schools are pleased to announce the ongoing work on our Workfinder app which will allow young people to access placements with businesses. As part of the experience of using Workfinder young people will be signposted to a series of resources provided by LifeSkills, created with Barclays. LifeSkills is a programme that aims to give young people aged 11-24 years old access to skills and experiences designed to prepare them for the future world of work.

Sherry Coutu, CBE, Executive Chair of Founders4Schools, said, “It’s a daunting prospect for a 16-18 year old to go into a work environment for the first time and I’m delighted we are able to give them support and reassurance on that journey. How else will young people know what shape their careers could take and how else can we ensure businesses have the skills they need to grow and prosper in the challenging future we face? It really does take a village to raise a child.”

Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK, states: “We welcome the Founders4Schools initiative to drive more work experience opportunities across the UK for young people. Our experience from running the LifeSkills programme shows us that young people need a practical insight into the world of work which is vital for the workforce of tomorrow to gain the confidence and valuable skills needed by employers both today and in the future. We know the more interventions that a young person has with employers at an early age, the more likely they are to succeed in their careers.”

Work experience offers young people valuable insights into the world of work, the ‘softer’ skills they need to pick up and help understanding their future options. Workfinder helps them take control and connect directly with employers, removing the need for reliance on family networks to connect to opportunities.

#NoWrongPath – celebrating every type of career journey

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In the midst of Scottish Results Day 2018, Founders4Schools are supporting DYW Glasgow’s #NoWrongPath campaign, celebrating the range and diversity of career paths that are followed after school. There may be some young people disheartened by their exam results today and alongside DYW we want to show them that there is #NoWrongPath in your career.

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Our mission is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work:a big part of this job is showing young people that many of us have not necessarily taken a straight, obvious or traditional path to the job we’re in today. These winding and sometimes surprising routes are a normality in today’s evolving society and simply add to the richness of a workforce.

Here at Founders4Schools, our team’s career paths are a fantastic example of rich diversity and what it can bring. Our backgrounds include ex-teachers, an ex-army officer, someone who has worked in a nuclear reactor and someone who has launched a start-up! Our educational backgrounds are just as colourful: a neuroscience PhD, a masters in English Literature, an MBA and an IT apprenticeship. Pre Founders4Schools, our team members have worked in Russia, Australia, the USA, the UAE, Morocco, Denmark and Kenya.

These varied paths add to our strength as a team and we are proud that we can act as proof that there is #NoWrongPath! Wherever you look you will find surprises, and the unconventional routes that people have taken to achieve success are something to be celebrated. Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the world of fashion at the age of 40.  Before launching Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post, Jonah Peretti was a computer science teacher. Famously, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a world champion bodybuilder in his 20s, an award-winning actor in his 30s, then became the Governor of California in 2003 at 56. You certainly never know where you might end up.

Occasionally, we all need to be reminded that there is #NoWrongPath to reach our goals and that we may just take an alternative route to get there! So we say thank you to DYW Glasgow for emphasising this positive message and sharing it with all the young people who should be celebrating today, whatever their results may be.

Thanks to our extended network that joined in to support this wonderful campaign: