Why wait till World Teachers day, Oct 5? We want to thank you today!

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A huge thank you to all the teachers inspired to raise students’ employability. We are especially proud that you have helped us to facilitate 103,326 student-employer encounters, and introduce business leaders to communicate with students about the jobs they have or skills they are hiring for.

Together, we can inspire even more young people and help them make connections about how their learning now shapes what they can do in their future careers. It takes just 5 minutes to create a Role Model event (which inspires 94% of students!)

Celebrate World Teacher’s Day on the 5th of October – we’d love to hear what you are doing!

Does ‘careers’ have kudos in your school?

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A recent TeachFirst article highlighted that only 8% of schools have a systematic approach to integrating careers into the curriculum. As a consequence, many young people never get in contact with the world of work during their school time, which could have far-reaching consequences for their careers: a House of Lords social mobility committee found that young people who lack information from business leaders as well as work experience are significantly more likely to become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Founders4Schools’ free service supports schools in providing these crucial links for students with local business leaders, in a way that is quick and easy for teachers to organise.

Even if your school doesn’t have a dedicated careers leader, our Role Model events, Careers Fairs and Workplace Visits let teachers simply arrange engagement with local business leaders to share career stories with students.

It takes just 5 minutes to create an event and start to inspire your students about their future careers. You can use curriculum filters to choose leaders with specific subject backgrounds to help students relate what they are learning in class to the real world of work.


A-level Results Day 2016: Record Number of Students Accepted to University

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Congratulations! A record number of A-level students – 426,000 – have attained a place at University. These results are fantastic as higher education enables students to expand their knowledge and skills, and can also lead to better job prospects. However, many students may still not know what career path to follow.

Founders4Schools helps students discover what opportunities they have by bringing 4 inspiring business leaders into schools to each talk about their career path and school journey. We found that 96% of students leave our role model events feeling inspired, particularly to do well in their studies. Never has it been this simple to motivate young people – In just 5 minutes teachers can book an event and spark the brains of the next generation.

The future of jobs: What skills will we need?

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A recent report on skills stability by WEF (world economic forum) highlights how the technological transformation of our current industries will dramatically change the skills that employers need. They predict that an ability to work with data will become an increasingly vital skill, along with complex problem-solving skills and social skills such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others. Whereas the proportion of jobs in which physical abilities are anticipated is expected to decline rapidly.

Although these developments are exciting, the changes in job requirements may cause the skills gap to widen even further. Founders4Schools can help narrow this gap – a single role model event with 4 business leaders increases students who choose STEM to 54%. Not only that, but students will also have the opportunity to hear from today’s employers and thus gain invaluable knowledge into what the future of jobs will look like.


“We need to turn our schools into the business incubators of the future”

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Peter Jones CBE, founder of the Peter Jones Foundation and panellist on Dragon’s Den, knows why we should embed enterprise in our national curriculum: “instilling an entrepreneurial spirit through enterprise education from as young an age as possible opens up paths to students that they never previously thought possible, and is vital for allowing children to decide their own future.”

Here at Founders4Schools we understand the importance of enterprise education, that’s why we increase students’ employability by connecting them to local business leaders who can give them real life career insights. We believe that by inspiring young people to think entrepreneurially, they will gain the confidence to succeed in an ever-changing business world. After all, as Jones says, Britain’s future leaders are currently sitting in our primary schools.

80% of Employers say work experience is essential

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The City and Guilds Group conducted research which found that almost 80% of employers think work experience is essential to preparing young people for work, while two-thirds of employers would be more likely to hire a young person with work experience.

These results highlight the need for work experience. Not only is it a brilliant way for young people to gain insight into what it’s like to have a job, but employers will also benefit from a better-skilled workforce that will contribute to economic growth.

For this reason, Founders4Schools is currently developing a work experience app that will provide students with work placement in a business near them. We presented our ideas to students interning at City and Guilds and found that they were all very excited about the concept, especially because they themselves saw first-hand the true value of work experience.

National Mentoring Day – 27 October 2016

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Save the date - 27 Oct 2016 – National Mentoring Day

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National Mentoring day has been launched to not only promote the benefits of mentoring but to also celebrate the invaluable contribution that mentoring makes. On October 27th each year attendees will have access to success stories, case studies, and mentoring tips, while also connecting with other mentors to help make a difference.

Founders4Schools are excited to attend and help National Mentoring Day reach their goal of every person in the UK knowing how to access a mentor by 2020. Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor, started the day because she believes that ‘the gift that keeps on giving is to positively impact someone’s life’. Sharing her sentiment, we connect students to inspiring business leaders that demonstrate that through hard work they have become successful, which is incredibly motivating for young people.


Fresh from the printer – new Case Studies!

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At Founders4Schools, we are extremely proud of the work we do in bridging the gap between students and employers. That is why we love hearing the positive feedback from teachers as they are lucky enough to watch as students’ aspirations are lifted and the cogs start turning to formulate stimulating career paths. However, it is not only the students that benefit immensely from the events, the speakers consistently tell us just how rewarding it is to give back to their local community by sharing the story of their career paths and advice.

Here what some of our speakers have to say about their experience with Founders4Schools:

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-27 um 15.11.34Charlene Laidley, Founder of The Future Proof Foundation and Global Ambassador, Advisor & Campaigner for WEE – UN Women

“It was an honour and a privilege to share my career journey with the girls at Sinai Jewish Primary School for Founders4Schools. I want all girls to really be free, to reach and dream for whatever they can imagine. No limitations.”

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“I believe it is essential to offer young people specific industry insight in order for them to understand the challenges awaiting them. All business owners should use Founders4Schools, they will learn something new about themselves!”

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-29 um 11.31.42Sug Sahadevan, Chairman at Newham Education Business Partnership

“If I can influence at least one young person to take an interest in Entrepreneurship, I think I have won and the community as a whole has won.”

What’s more – to share the success stories of students across the country that have interacted with you – today’s employers – we have put together some visual case studies to share the stories. Check out our first couple of stories from Central Foundation Boys’ School and Bexleyheath Academy here.

Please share these infographics with your networks of colleagues. If you are a speaker that has generated this positive change in closing the skills gap for the next generation, we know you must be as proud as we are about the impact you have made – why not tweet about it and share these stories via our twitter handle: @Founders4Schools

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Developing a new event type and an app to go with it too!

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At Founders4Schools, we have been extremely busy brainstorming, drafting and preparing a new event type that we will shortly offer to all students across the country: Work Experience.

Work Experience is a progression from our existing Workplace Visits, and will be a one-week placement with a company that excites and intrigues each individual student.

As business leaders, you are the linchpin to bringing this opportunity to life and we urge you to consider offering work experience in your company, enterprise or business. Not only will your team benefit from fresh, objective perspective on your projects, but you will provide the students with far more insightful knowledge that anything textbooks of lectures could offer them!

If you are interested in being involved in this new initiative, please drop us a line at community@founders4schools.org.uk

Why are white working class boys not going to university?

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Oliver Beach, previous Deputy Head of Economics at Central Foundation Boys’ School has tackled the pressing question of why so many young boys are opting out of tertiary education. The article suggests that these boys idolise and glamorise the few celebrities that reach global success without extensive university education, however these stories are by no means representative of the career paths of the thousands of NEET individuals that chose not to continue studying beyond high school. Why is this the case? Oliver Beach suggests that these boys ‘have limited access to role models who will dispel myths and give them critical advice relevant to their future.’ And this is where we can help.

By connecting students, in this case young boys, to business leaders that have first hand experience with the importance of strong work ethic and solid education foundations, you can “provide students with role models to improve decisions around employability and university access.”

From Oliver:

unnamed“As a fortunate recipient of many Founders4Schools events, I can attest to the positive impact that these events have on students’ aspirations. Aspirations that feel inaccessible are quickly tossed aside and Founders4Schools events have remedied the feeling that success against the odds is unachievable. Access to aspiration-building or solidifying experiences are critical to students and their motivations for success, whatever the destination.”

To read more about Oliver’s ideas to address the issue of the UK’s youth opting out of tertiary education, check out the full article here.