Wayra and Workfinder unite to ignite a movement for change.

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At the start of London Tech Week (Monday, 10 June 2019), with the rain thundering down outside and a packed political agenda, we were thrilled that so many came to the launch of Wayra’s project at the House of Commons yesterday, to help emerging businesses get great talent by connecting students to the rising tech and start-up scene.

And we are delighted that Wayra has chosen Workfinder as the platform of choice to do that. Through the sheer power of Wayra, 100  of leaders in their network signed up in just 100 hours. Wow!

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From left to right: Charlie Blair, Daniel Lesnick, George Imafidon, Sherry Coutu, CBE, Tim Campbell, MBE, Vin Murria, CBE and Gary Stewart,   Managing Director of Wayra.

Wayra is a pioneering corporate accelerator at the heartbeat of the tech ecosystem. It is democratising entrepreneurship across the UK, by providing unparalleled access to networks and capital that turns      start-ups into scale-ups whilst ensuring their cohorts reflect true              diversity. We share those ambitions at Workfinder – we want to truly democratise work experience for young people; even in the 21st Century, nepotism is pushing out those most in need of a mentor to ignite their passion.

So, together, we are on a mission to help young people, particularly those furthest from the job market, to transition into the world of work.

The amazing Wayra community, in partnership with UEL, responded to our call for meaningful placements of 3-6 weeks, or even more, with ONE HUNDRED signing up within hours. By meaningful, we mean          placements where the undergraduate student learns through support on specific tasks and projects. To make it easy, Workfinder maps and      manages the placement from start to finish, helping leaders find talent and guiding on formats for projects that work well based on past experience.

Our Founder, Sherry Coutu, CBE said at the launch: “Our vision at Workfinder is that 100% of employees from the UK’s most ambitious companies host pre-career work placements for the next generation. The host employees get a great leadership opportunity and the young person can explore the future of their working world on their terms.

“We are thrilled to be working with Wayra on our mission to get 100% of young people 100 hours of work experience per year, that is 100% satisfactory.”

Also at the launch were a distinguished panel of entrepreneurs,              including the first-time winner of the Apprentice, Tim Campbell, who told their very personal stories of how in different ways they changed the course of their lives through hard work, focusing on what they love to do, and the support of a trusted mentor who helped them make it happen.

In her advice to business, Vin Murria, CBE, said: “Pass it forward. Think up three good things to show [these young people] a different path – something they wouldn’t see in their normal course of life.”

Gary Stewart, Managing Director of Wayra, added: “We are calling for less talk and more action when it comes to bringing under-represented groups into the UK’s tech ecosystem. Wayra will work with Workfinder and other partners to ignite a movement to bring equality of                opportunity to British tech.”

The launch was attended by many influential guests, including Helen Grant MP and Anne Milton MP. Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, highlighted the work the Government is doing for Apprenticeships and the central role that work experience will have for the new T Levels, which start next year. She highlighted the      vital role of business to make these initiatives successful.    

So, there’s more to do – and sign-ups are OPEN… so please do add your support!

Workfinder has been made possible through the support of partners and funding from the Social Tech Trust, whose vision is for social              transformation to drive tech.  The Trust explores the social issues where tech can transform lives, then invests in and partners with,                      organisations who can make that change happen. Further funding has been provided by Fidelity, WCIT and UFI Charitable Trust.    

 

Workfinder and Debate Mate unite to prove Work Experience is NOT a waste of time!

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At the London Tech Week Opening Dinner on Monday evening (10 June 2019), in the shadows of the historic Tower of London – built some six centuries before Babbage’s Analytical Engine – and in the presence of Tech pioneers, we were enthralled by the debating prowess of three rising stars who gave us a unique perspective on WHY WORK              EXPERIENCE MATTERS.

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The London Tech Week Opening Dinner at the Tower of London, where funds were raised for this years’ nominated charity, Founders4Schools.  

And we were delighted to announce that Workfinder and Debate Mate have joined forces to help hundreds more young people across Britain by introducing them to the power of Workfinder, with further              collaborations planned.

Debate Mate was founded to overcome social immobility amongst young people aged 9-18, from disadvantaged backgrounds across Britain –    typically those attending challenging inner-city schools and living in areas of high child poverty. They run after-school debate clubs for        students, using their unique mentoring model, which helps develop key skills including critical and creative thinking, strategic teamwork, public speaking, active listening and leadership.

At Workfinder, we call these employability skills, and agree they are    critical to help a smoother transition into the world of work, especially for those living in more disadvantaged areas who don’t have parental networks to rely on. We understand that, even when given opportunity, without confidence it is impossible to make dreams fly.

Working with Debate Mate, we are on a mission to help young people    become well-rounded energised individuals with an interest in the world around them.  

To mark the announcement, Margaret McCabe, CEO & Founder,          Debate Mate said: “We are very excited to launch our partnership with Workfinder. As a social business, Debate Mate works with thousands of exceptional young people across the UK, as well as with the world’s most exciting and innovative companies.

“It’s great that we can combine and harness our experience of both and use the power of Workfinder to create meaningful opportunities that will revolutionise the way people view work experience for good.”

We saw this for ourselves on Monday evening when, in front of a crowd of several hundred, students Khadija Said and Adam Noble debated the thorny topic ‘Work Experience is a waste of time’ (at this point, we were nervous on several levels!).

Khadija argued that when it just involves menial tasks, work experience can have the undesired effect of de-motivating young people, perhaps even making them critical of your business in your local community! Adam countered with several good points, including that, experiences you don’t like can be good too because they help you understand what you DON’T want to do.

Ayman Ahmed then joined Sherry on the couch and talked about the various placements he has taken over the course of several week, and how it felt to become embedded in a business and really understand how they work.   

Workfinder Founder, Sherry Coutu, CBE added: “We are thrilled to be working with Debate Mate on our mission to get 100% of young people 100 hours of work experience per year, that is 100% satisfactory.

“I was hugely impressed by the articulate and confident way in which Khadija, Adam and Ayman made their arguments – and very pleased that we all agreed that Work Experience is valuable, but only if made meaningful. We couldn’t agree more!”

Workfinder has been made possible through the support of partners and funding from the Social Tech Trust, whose vision is for social            transformation to drive tech.  The Trust explores the social issues where tech can transform lives, then invests in and partners with,                     organisations who can make that change happen. Additional funding has been provided by Fidelity, WCIT and UFI Charitable Trust.    

Please sign up to offer Work Experience HERE

 

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How can we make Work Experience Fit for Purpose?

It was a lively debate in a packed room at the CBI last month as we launched the research, commissioned by Workfinder and written by    LKMco, about Work Experience. It’s a huge contribution to an important debate, which sets out brilliantly how work experience should be re-structured.

Workfinder set a challenge: What if we were all to work together to make it fit for purpose?   Boy, did the folks in the room rise to that challenge! 

It’s fixable. The sums add up. There are 7.2 million 16-24 year-olds in the UK and 17.5 million employees in businesses with more than 5 staff. As our esteemed guest The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin pointed out, JUST THREE HOURS supporting work experience by each employee PER YEAR would give every young person 100 hours of experience in the workplace that could just change the course of their lives.

Here are our Top 3 take-outs from today:

1. We pour knowledge into young people but just as important is  the ability to apply that, to build character, to be creative…

As fellow panellist John Cope, CBI said so well, work experience is      crucial for young people but just as important to the economy because work experience in education is a driver for productivity, essential for growth and core to employability.

The other side of that is that social injustice is a tangible cost to both the young person and business as they try to find their feet. We need a solution that is accessible to all, not just those with social networks.  

Lola Bejide of the Soluman Consultancy added that young people often aren’t aware of what they want to do. What they don’t need is to come out of a placement saying ‘that’s a week of my life I won’t get back’ to everyone, damaging local business reputation in the process!

2. Together, we need to smash through the barriers that stop young     people  finding meaningful work experience in a variety of places…

Back to the challenge. What if we collaborated to make it easy for young people – especially those who live in rural areas or have special needs – to find what they love. The great news is that we already do (with the CBI, FSB and many more) but we have to supercharge it!

The report includes great examples from Ted Baker, Kidzania, Blippar and others. You will also find lots of case studies on our website Workfinder showcasing the practical ways companies are making the experience truly meaningful.  

But we have to be creative. I’m excited by innovative approaches by Wayra, Cambridge Launchpad and Barclays who act as collaborators in their local communities, gathering smaller businesses into the fold and offering rich and varied experiences for young people to explore.

3. How do we reduce the burden on teachers to make it happen…?

Especially at this time of year, we are mindful of the pressure on      teachers and leadership teams in schools.  

The report is clear that placements don’t have to be 1:1. In fact, it is preferable for young people to attend in small groups. It is also better to have placements take place over several weeks, rather than in blocks of 1-2 weeks, and spread out over the school year. This feels more manageable and employees can reach out to local schools to help.

We are all agreed that the Gatsby Benchmarks provide guidelines and measures we can all get behind. That’s why we build them into our recommendation engine at Workfinder, as we will the findings from this research.

At Workfinder, we are focused on the ways in which technology can provide solutions and disrupt the age-old methods that hold us back.

Putting Workfinder in the hands of young people is the best way we can think of to broker the ground between employers & educators and accelerate the change we need to make.

PLEASE read the research from Will Millard and the team at LKMco, which has been a year in development.

It’s easy – for business, for educators and for young people.

Read the research paper here 

Shaping Tomorrow’s City Today – The Lord Mayor’s Show 2018

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In 1215 King John’s disastrous reign was falling apart. His armies were retreating in France, he was completely broke and his Barons were on the edge of open revolt. Soon he would be forced to sign the Magna Carta, which he would go on ignoring until civil war finally broke out and he died of dysentery while marching from one besieged city to another.

During this time, London had been trying to organise itself into a ‘commune’: a sort of early city state that would be able to declare its borders, make agreements and defend itself. The King may have thought it was a clever move to go along with this, and in 1215 he issued a Royal Charter creating the commune and allowing the City to elect its own Mayor every year.

The King added a condition: every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to him. The Lord Mayor has now made that journey for over 800 years….bringing us up to 2018….

On the 10th November, Founders4Schools was invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show to support this year’s theme Shaping Tomorrow’s City Today”. Given that our mission is to improve youth employability by connecting the youth with tomorrow’s workplace, we were proud to be given a home in the Engagement Zone in the Bloomberg building to interact with the festive audience.

In the spirit of the theme we created 20 STEM-oriented future career cards that young people could choose from. These careers are tipped to become some of the popular jobs in the near future and we wanted to see how families would react to them. Not surprisingly, young people gravitated to the careers seeming to already recognise most of them, with Space Pilot and Future Farmer being the most favoured.

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The cards also included on the back the description of the future jobs and what school subjects and activities they could do to navigate themselves towards these future roles. For a bit of extra fun, we asked them to pose into our branded Instagram frame which also roamed around the show capturing a few surprise shots along the way!

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It was a wonderful day, blessed with sunshine for most of the day. Audiences marveled at the world’s oldest, longest and most splendid civic procession: an hour and a half of old London pomp and pageantry leading up to the newly restored State Coach.

We wish to thank the 691st Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin for his support and kind invitation for Founders4Schools to join the show, Bloomberg for helping us prepare for the show and making us feel welcomed, the F4S staff that joined us on on the weekend and the wonderful families that took the time to engage us on the day.

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Bringing LifeSkills to More Young People Through Workfinder

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Founders4Schools, an EdTech charity are pleased to be launching their 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.

Founders4Schools announces Trustee appointments

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As we celebrate our third year as a charity, I am delighted to announce today that four new Trustees have chosen to join Founders4Schools, bringing the total on our Board to twelve. Mary Curnock Cook is our newest Trustee, together with Peter Gotham, Stephen Bolton and Jonathan Pearl who joined in May and June this year.

Their skills and expertise perfectly complement those of our other Trustees who generously give of their time to enable us to focus on and scale up positive career interactions for hundreds of thousands young people, in collaboration with educators, partners, parents, business leaders, local authorities and the students themselves.  

We couldn’t have reached 630,000 student-employer encounters (SEE’s), each of which has the potential to change the course of a life, without the expertise, counsel and energy of our dedicated board of Trustees F4S Executive Board

These SEE’s inspire young people by helping them understand what skills are needed to improve their employability and are particularly important for more marginalised young people who lack access to professional role models in their immediate environment.   


Mary_Curnock_Cook_3vsDfLL.2e16d0ba.fill-110x100Mary Curnock Cook has a deep understanding of the education sector, with an emphasis on young people who are under-represented or disadvantaged. Specifically, she will help F4S ensure we maintain quality in the services offered to students, at whatever their stage of education.

Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that she was Director of Qualifications and Skills at the QCDA.

She now sits on The Open University Council, is a NED for The Student Loans Company and is a senior advisor to Cairneagle Associates. She chairs the Access Project, is a Trustee of multi-academy trust, United Learning and is on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute. She is also an investor/mentor to a number of EdTech startups.

Stephen_Bolton.2e16d0ba.fill-110x100Stephen Bolton is an experienced Finance Director with extensive knowledge of international markets gained by working for Unilever for over 20 years and for the past few years as Group Controller at Diageo plc. Specifically, his extensive knowledge of strategic finance and compliance to grow successful brands and businesses are invaluable to guiding the scaling ambitions of F4S.  

Stephen is also knowledgeable about the education market and has a passion for talent development. He is an honorary Doctor of Business at Solent University, where he sits on the Board of Governors.

Peter_Gotham.2e16d0ba.fill-110x100Peter Gotham brings extensive experience, having held leading roles in the formation and development of various housing and other organisations over 30 years. Specifically, his experience will help the charity to ensure services meet the needs of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

An accountant by training, Peter writes and lectures extensively, and has served on several national committees, including the national account setting (SORP) committee, at the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and as a Visiting Fellow at the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University.

Jonathan_Pearl.2e16d0ba.fill-110x100Jonathan Pearl has a wealth of global experience having been Company Secretary for several international legal entities, most recently as a member of the Executive Management Teams of Sony Electronics in California and Sony Mobile Communications in Tokyo.

Specifically, his experience will help the charity to build global reach and guide on the regulatory environment both in the UK and elsewhere. He has a strong track record of growing successful companies, having been the first legal counsel for Apple in the UK.  

F4S offers over twenty different classroom and work experience services, which are easy for teachers to arrange and help young people steer their course through the future world of work.

We have ambitious plans to improve the life chances of many more young people, by giving them access to the inspiring decision makers in their community, and the new and deep skills that our new Trustees bring will help us to do this much faster.

Sherry Coutu, Executive Chair and Founder

 

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:

Making it easier for educators to provide useful careers programmes for young people

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This week (4th July) F4S welcomed an independence day of a different kind, as we announced a major collaboration with The Careers & Enterprise Company to make it easier for educators to provide useful careers programmes for young people.

School leadership teams will be looking forward to the summer break more than ever, to enjoy the sunny weather and as respite from a very challenging year that meant balancing new curriculums, exam grading structures and much more.

‘Much more’ included the requirement, set out in the Government’s Careers Strategy, to appoint a dedicated careers lead and publish their local strategy on the school website by September 2018, shortly after the new term begins.

I believe the Government is right to raise standards on careers provision in schools and push for more focus, especially for England where it has been lacking for some time. I am also a supporter of increasing powers to The Careers & Enterprise Company, and organisation I helped to establish at the same time I was helping LinkedIn to scale up across markets, to make that happen.

It’s never been more important to help young people prepare for the world of work, so I welcome the opening up of collaborations that make this easier for educators, like the one we announced at the Annual Careers & Enterprise Company’s conference this week. [announcement here].

The great thing about this collaboration is that we sent one of our engineers to set up an Application Programming Interface (API) between our free-to-use platform and The Careers and Enterprise Company’s Tracker tool. This means that the thousands of educators who use our service don’t have to double report – everything they do on Founders4Schools and Workfinder platforms will show up on the CEC tracker automatically.

We also update our recommendations engine so that the guidance we give to educators is even more relevant to them in their school, and reflects other encounters that are taking place on other providers’ platforms. It’s like a guidance system to move them through the Gatsby benchmarks to great careers provision!

I have founded, invested and supported some amazing businesses during my career, and am passionate about technology solutions like this. Whether in the recruitment marketplace at LinkedIn or the housing market with Zoopla, applying technology to connect, collaborate and disrupt is what makes a step change happen. We are on the edge of a transformation for education, and I want to agitate like crazy to help teachers help young people to transition beyond school life in brilliant ways by connecting with business.

As Executive Chair for Founders4schools and Workfinder – two charities dedicated to eradicating the skills gap which is plaguing the competitive advantage of the UK and impacting future productivity – I am proud that to date we have helped educators to connect more than 130,000 young people with business leader volunteers – in more than 370,000 student employer encounters, and that our services are used by educators in every LEP and more than 300 Local Authorities.

So, how did this partnership develop? There were a number of stages:

  1. Research: We identified Cold Spots and pulled together research to find out which areas needed most focus.
  2. We created the BIGRI index, which classified the businesses from which we have volunteers according to their size, growth and location.
  3. Mapping – we then knew which areas could struggle to achieve our target 4 student-employer encounters per student*. This inspired us to introduce Student-Employee Encounters per 1,000 in our Local Authority reporting.
  4. Data – we introduced reporting to show at Local Authority, LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), constituency and business level, the number of Student-Employer Encounters per 1000.
  5. We introduced Co-ordinator reports, for them to track which schools were achieving their Student-Employer Encounters targets.
  6. We then incorporated research from The Careers and Enterprise Company and collated that to improve the guidance we give to educators and specifically those encounters that make a contribution to achievement of GATSBY benchmarks.

*Four Student-Employer Encounters per student is crucial because research has shown this reduces the likelihood of young people becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) by 86%.

I am completely aligned with The Careers and Enterprise Company in the focus on GATSBY benchmarks to create milestones for connected careers provision that truly makes a difference to student outcomes. We are now embedding Enabling Enterprise’s framework into the personalised recommendations educators receive when they subscribe to F4S learning platform.

We were delighted to announce this collaboration this week. It means that the thousands of educators who use our service don’t have to double report – everything they do on Founders4Schools and Workfinder platforms can be reported to and show up on Tracker – without the educator needing to lift a finger.

I’m sure that will be very welcome come September.

 

To talk about MORE COLLABORATIONS LIKE THIS, contact me on sherry.coutu@founders4schools.org.uk

The Careers & Enterprise Company and Founders4Schools join forces to simplify careers provision for schools

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The Careers & Enterprise Company and Founders4Schools join forces to simplify careers provision for schools

(London, Wednesday 4 July 2018): The Careers & Enterprise Company, established to provide high impact careers support to young people, and award-winning GovTech charity Founders4Schools (F4S) have joined forces in a pilot project to help schools using both services benefit from employer engagement more easily. F4S Founder and Chairman Sherry Coutu CBE delivered a talk at the event transcribed below:

Introduction

I’m Sherry Coutu – an economist turned computer programmer turned entrepreneur, investor, mother and philanthropist.  I am chair of Founders4schools and Workfinder, which are two charities dedicated to eradicating the skills gap which is plaguing the competitive advantage of the UK and elsewhere.

To date, we have helped educators to connect more than  130,000 young people our volunteers – in more than 370,000 student employer encounters, and our services are used by educators in every LEP and more than 300 Local Authorities.  We use technology common in other industries to benefit educators and students here- our learning platform gives any educator who uses our services a ‘GATSBY GPS system’ so they know how to help their students the most.

We are a charity that was founded before CEC existed, but instead of being crowded out by them, we, and the educators, career leaders who use our services have benefited.

I go back a long time on collaboration, in fact, my thesis at Harvard Business school in 1993 was on strategic alliances in high tech firms.  Ever since then, I’ve practiced collaboration and forged strategic alliances and so was very pleased to be asked to talk about the deepening of our collaboration today by Claudia.

I thought I might go back to when I first was speaking to Lord Young about his idea to form CEC and passport – this was several years back when I as an advisor to LinkedIn, helping them roll out across nations, but in particular, helping introduce their API to the developer community in London.

VISION

I was a big advocate of CEC being formed and was pleased when then appointed

LEADERSHIP

And I was pleased when I first spoke with Christine and very much on her mind was getting the Chief Executive appointed.

EXECUTION – enter Claudia Harris, freshly poached from Mckinsey, here to lead

What follows is the story of how our partnership developed.

First Research:   Cold Spots – this was really helpful at pulling together all the research to find out which areas needed the most focus.

→ this inspired me to devise the BIGRI index, which classified the businesses we have volunteers from according to their size, growth and location – so e could map the cold-spots in the UK so we could see where it might be hardest to achieve our 4 student-employer encounters per student.

→ in inspired us to introduce Student-Employer Encounters per 1000 in our local authority reporting

First Funding:  

We introduced LEP reporting, to supplement our constituency and local authority reporting.

We introduced Coordinator reports so that the coordinators could keep track of which schools were achieving their Student Employer Encounters

Research they commissioned & collated on quality of encounters-

  • Inspired us to improve the guidance we gave to educators who used our services and to
  • introduce guidance as to which of the encounters that were available over our services made a contribution to which of the GATSBY benchmarks.

Their introduction to us of Enabling Enterprise spawned that partnership, and we now embed Enabling Enterprise’s framework into the personalised recommendations educators receive when they subscribe to our free learning platform.

Today I’m really pleased to finally be announcing an integration with Tracker, having worked with their team and given them one of my engineers to get their API up and running – just as I used to do for Linkedin 6-7 years ago.  The reason I am so excited about this is it means that the thousands of educators who use our service don’t have to double-report – everything they do on Founders4Schools and Workfinder platforms, can be reported to CEC and show up on the CEC tracker – without the educator needing to lift a finger.

Furthermore, assuming we are given permission by the educator to know where they currently stand on GATSBY, we can update our recommendation engine so that the guidance we give to educators also reflects other encounters that are taking place on other providers platforms

O-Auth transformed a fragmented tech industry some time ago in SV – its nice to see these lessons applied in the UK – our children and grand-children deserve the best, and our educators need all the tools and training in their tools to do the job that only they can do – freeing them of admin hassle is excellent and giving them the worlds’ best guidance whenever the need it (because they are not experts) is a must.  A pleasure to be here with you today – can’t wait to see what we do together in the coming three years –

Let’s move the dots now that they are joined up….

CEC & F4S Tracker Intergration Demo Video

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