Engaging, Inspiring and Motivating students to succeed!

The Inspirational Learning Group engage, inspire and motivate young people to be the best they can be. We develop and deliver innovative and engaging enterprise challenges for delivery in schools and colleges, working in conjunction with some of the UK’s biggest companies and universities to help young people to develop entrepreneurialism and transferable soft skills for the workplace.

Our flagship programme, ‘The National Enterprise Challenge’ has helped to inspire over 300,000 young people since it’s inception in 2012.

Our Vision

What started out as a coffee shop conversation grew over time into the UK’s largest enterprise challenge.  The team has now worked with over 300,000 students across the country and in 2019 the National Finals were held at the magnificent Wembley Stadium; proof that no matter what your background, anything is possible. 

We see ourselves as pioneers of inclusive enterprise and employability education, equipping young people with the key skills and confidence they need for their future careers.


How we work

We write, plan and deliver a range of unique, exciting Business and Enterprise programmes for students aged 9 to 18.  We can work with groups ranging in size from 30 to 300 students and can adapt all of our programmes to suit the needs of your students and your school curriculum.

We work with Universities, Businesses, Enterprise zones, Opportunity Areas and LEPs to create bespoke programmes, focusing on widening participation, sector-specific skills or emerging employment gaps.

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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 Enterprise Challenge

Our flagship programme is now in its 7th 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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