Award Winning Programme Supported by National Employers
Our award-winning flagship school delivery programme, The National Careers Challenge allows young people to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions about their futures. Since 2013, we have seen 500,000 students participate in the award-winning programme.
The National Careers Challenge in partnership with NatWest Thrive, is the UK’s largest careers and enterprise competition, providing students in Years 7 to 10 with real-life business challenges set by leading employers such as Air Products, AtkinsRéalis and our partners, NatWest Thrive.
The programme is delivered in our traditional facilitator-led model by our DBS checked delivery team who are experienced in getting the very best out of your students having delivered our challenges to 1000’s of schools already.
But How Does It Work?
Booking The National Careers Challenge could not be easier!
Click on each of the steps below to find out more!
Choose your challenge
Each year group has their own sponsor and theme!.
Engage the team
We’ll help you select a date, get booked in, and arrange a pre-delivery call to make sure you’re ready for a fantastic enterprise day!
Enjoy the day
Our delivery team will arrive at your school one hour prior to the challenge day and take the lead on expertly engaging with your students.
The National Finals
The winning team from each day will compete in the live finals event in July. Previous finals have been held in prestigious venues such as The ICC in Birmingham and Wembley Stadium, with students seeing their winning ideas made into a reality.
DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE CROWNED TNCC CHAMPIONS? GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT!
The National Careers Challenge in partnership with NatWest offers a dedicated challenge per year group, each aligned to Gatsby Benchmarks. Each challenge is designed in response to that sponsor’s real, business-critical needs and your students will build the skills required for the world of work.
AIR PRODUCTS – HYDROGEN CHALLENGE
Year 7 – KS3
Air Products are proud to task young people to work in teams to develop a promotional campaign that would encourage a local transport firm to adapt their vehicles to hydrogen fuel. They will identify a suitable transport provider before exploring the benefits of ‘Hydrogen for Mobility’ to both the chosen company, the community, and the environment to create a persuasive and engaging marketing campaign.
JCB – MACHINE OF THE FUTURE
Year 8 – KS3
Looking closely at JCB’s main production sectors, the students will design a machine of the future for their chosen sector. They will need to identify the problem that their machine will fix and consider how their machine will support sustainability, before creating a marketing strategy to launch their new machine to JCB customers and clients.
NATWEST – START LOCAL, THINK GLOBAL
Year 9 – KS4
NatWest are committed to helping young entrepreneurs build businesses in their local communities, and developing the skills they will need for business start-up careers in the future. It is this ethos which has inspired this years challenge! In teams young people will work to develop a business idea that is inspired by the skills and heritage of their own local town or city. They will consider how they will promote their new business to the local community, plus how the business could be scaled up in the future both from a promotional and financial point of view.
ATKINSRÉALIS – SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE
Year 10 – KS4
AtkinsRéalis pride themselves on sustainable construction and the development of the skills needed for engineering careers in the future. Combining these key aims the team would like your young people to create a “School of the Future” that is focused on sustainability and community support. They will consider what specialist subjects might be studied at their school of the future. How they will promote their school to local community groups and how they can incorporate community activities into the school. A key consideration should be the building’s sustainability, alongside the inclusion of financial skills for budgeting and incorporation of diversity within their school clothing range.
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PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE WORLD OF WORK
Teach students key enterprise and employability skills, opening their eyes to new possibilities.
GATSBY BENCHMARKS ALLIGNED
Supports in achieving and evidencing multiple Gatsby Benchmarks for your school.
CROSS CURRICULAR BENEFITS
Activities and tasks are cross-curricular, enabling students to develop further skills in English, Maths, business and more.
SOFT SKILLS ENRICHMENT
Students develop key soft skills including leadership, teamwork, resilience and more.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH NATIONAL EMPLOYERS
Challenges set in partnership with key national employers including NatWest, Air Products and AtkinsRéalis.
Participation widens a students vision of their post-16 options, raising aspirations and giving them a vision of their future.
BOOK A CHALLENGE TODAY!
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