Engaging, inspiring and motivating students to succeed!

The Inspirational Learning Group develop and deliver innovative and engaging enterprise and career focussed challenges for delivery in schools and colleges. We work with some of the UK’s biggest companies and universities to bring real life enterprise tasks and activities into the classroom supporting young people  to exercise the soft employability skills required for their future. 

Our Flagship programme is the National Careers Challenge – the largest careers and enterprise competition in the UK, and this year we are pledging to #buildtheskills of 50,000 young people in the UK.

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The Skills shortage

The skills gap will cost the UK £130billion by 2030. Employers are facing skills shortages, inflated recruitment and salary expectations as well as trying to keep up with the digital transformation and preparing to fill jobs of the future. 

Following a tough few years, students have struggled to engage with meaningful work experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. Many young people have reported that they have had little or no hands-on experience, and many state that they went to their friends or family members’ businesses for their Work Experience.


Connecting the dots

There are plenty of skilled and capable young people out there with potential to make a huge impact on the future world of work. The issue remains that they struggle to connect with employers early enough and employers struggle to engage effectively with students in a meaningful way. 

The National Careers Challenge aims to connect the dots for students and schools to careers and employers, providing activities to build the skills of our future workforce. 

Our vision is to connect young people with opportunities available to them, as they start their career journey. We want to ensure that all young people, from all backgrounds, and ability are prepared for their transition into the workforce, promoting inclusivity and diversity & meaningful employer engagement and encounters through The National Careers Challenge.

Skills Development

Our challenges are delivered by our teams of expert facilitators with all learning resources provided. Our challenges are flexible, engaging and fun and are designed to develop the key employability skills required for the world of work, including:

  • Teamwork & communication
  • Creative & innovative thinking
  • Leadership & time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Commercial awareness & digital competency
  • Pitching & Presentation skills

We evaluate and share the impact of every day we deliver with you, as we know how important it is for you to see the progress young people have made in such a short space of time.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Our programmes meet a number of Gatsby Benchmarks, the framework on which the Government Careers Strategy is built.  They recommend that every young person requires high-quality careers guidance to enable them to make informed decisions about their careers.

The Inspirational Learning Group programmes feed into many of these benchmarks and specifically, encounters with employers and employees, experiences of workplaces and encounters with further and higher education.

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The National Careers Challenge

Our flagship programme is now in its 10th year and is the UK’s largest enterprise competition for secondary schools.

The National Skills Challenge

Supported by Staffordshire University and The Digital Institute London, the sister challenge to our flagship programme is tailored specifically for 6th form/College students.

Office for Students - Uni Connect Programme

Working in partnership with the Office for Students - Uni Connect Programme to develop young people’s aspirations and break down barriers to HE. We're extremely proud to work with the likes of: Higher Horizons+, Greater Manchester Higher, SUN Network, Aspire to HE and LiNC Higher.

The Careers and Enterprise Company

We are an approved CEC third-party provider and have both My perfect University and The National Enterprise Challenge programmes feature as part of the 'Digital Wallet' in various opportunity areas across the UK.

The Ceramic Challenge

The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Challenge has been commissioned by local partners and businesses aimed at increasing awareness of the thriving ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent.

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