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TILG celebrates its 10th year with 1,000 students competing to be crowned The National Careers Challenge 2022 champions!

Jason Manford was joined by Nick Jenkins (Moonpig.com founder) and Flintz and T4ylor (Britain’s Got Talent 2022 finalists) at the ICC in Birmingham to celebrate the achievements of school students from all across the country.

TILG has been recognised as one of the best in the business and named a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

TILG is one of the shortlisted business leaders from across the nation to have been selected out of over 5,300 entrants - the most the awards has ever had!

Celebrating a decade of champions!

Since starting in 2013, The National Careers Challenge has grown to be the largest careers, enterprise and employability challenge in the UK. Visit our hall of fame and help us to celebrate a decade of champions.

The National Skills Challenge Champions!

Over the last 4 months, 1,450 students from colleges and sixth forms across the country have taken part in The National Skills Challenge, sponsored by Staffordshire University London. As part of their sponsorship, Staffordshire University London fully funded a selection of colleges and sixth forms to take part in the challenge to ensure the opportunity was made widely available.

Our Town, Our Future Winners!

The winners of the Our Town, Our Future program have been announced! Young people at The Kings CE(A) School have spent the last 5 months developing new inclusive businesses and services to enhance their community.

What do people admire in your personality?

This Valentines we are celebrating everyone with our handy guide to personality animals, and what makes them attractive - whether between friends, colleagues, siblings, teachers or partners!

2022 Year of the Tiger

Today most Asia countries will be celebrating Chinese New Year. Each Lunar year is represented by a cycle of 12 zodiac animals. This year is the Year of the Tiger, the first since 2010. The tiger is commonly associated with bravery, courage and strength and is also viewed as an uplifting animal that can give people hope.

Official event partner of National Careers Week

Today we are proud to announce that we are part of the National Careers Week being held between the 7th and 12th of March 2022! The National Careers Week aim is to praise the careers guidance and free educational and career-driven resources from around the UK.

The Inspirational Learning Group to develop bespoke project for the Realise charity

The ‘Our Town, Our Future’ project is a bespoke 6-month project which has been written specifically for young people aged 13 – 14 at The Kings CE (A) School in Kidsgrove.

Celebrate 10 Years of Careers Education with The Inspirational Learning Group!

To mark the celebration of 10 years in enriching young people, The Inspirational Learning Group have decided to sponsor our own challenge for the Year 10 programme.

The Big Career Conversation

The Inspirational Learning Group are proud to be associated with a research report which was commissioned by the Business Intelligence and Advisory Group of our new owners Dev Clever Holdings PLC.

TILG Launch The National Careers Challenge across the UK

In a bid to bridge the global skills gap and enable the youth of today to develop the career skills employers are asking for, The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG) are pleased to announce the launch of The National Enterprise Challenge under a brand new name for 2021/22 and will now be known as, The National Career Challenge.

Clever Capabilities!

In last month’s newsletter, we hinted at the fact that our business was growing and changing… Well, it’s now official and we can finally share some more detail around what this means! The Inspirational Learning Group has been acquired by a UK-plc called Dev Clever. Dev Clever is the creator of a platform that some of you may already be familiar with: Launch Your Career.

TILG lead the way with 2021 summer schools

TILG is delighted to be leading 14 weeks’ worth of summer programming for 10 schools from across the country this year.

30,000 pupils from across the country compete to be crowned national champions with The National Enterprise Challenge, Air Products and NatWest

TV and radio presenter Konnie Huq joined the TILG team on Thursday 15th July to announce which schools had been crowed Key Stage 3 and 4 national champions 2021!

Inaugural winners of The National Primary School Challenge crowned!

TILG was delighted to work with the UK’s number 1 tropical aqua park Waterworld, to set a unique enterprise programme for primary school pupils. Delivered using a hybrid of physical and virtual delivery methods, thousands of young people from schools across England engaged with the challenge.

Back to normal…? A NEW normal!

As I write this, I sincerely hope that it is the last time that I ever have to mention that that 2020-21 Academic Year was likely the most difficult academic year in history for learners and for teachers. We all know the challenges that were faced this year and so, I will spend no time harping on them. Instead, this article is here to reflect on TILG’s learnings from the last year and to introduce to you, for the first time, our plans for moving forward!

Does teaching need to change to adapt to online environments?

Earlier this month, the DfE released a new literature review called “Online and blended delivery in Further Education”. As TILG continues to grow into an organisation that enables teachers to deliver blended learning, be it in FE or in secondary schools, we thought that it was important to engage with this topic on a deeper level.

Ben and Michael Dyer shortlisted in 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards

TILG are pleased to announce TILG directors have been shortlisted in the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category for the Midlands region!

TILG Directors named in "35 under 35" list

Cousins Ben and Michael Dyer have been named as leading figures in the West Midlands business community. The 35 Under 35 list has been compiled in association with the BSEEN startup support programme, led by Aston University in collaboration with Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University.

TILG team up with PwC to deliver Dragons' Den sessions to over 4000 pupils

The sessions, which will be delivered virtually to over 30 schools and over 4000 young people will see students work on developing key employability skills across a full school day.

“The wage gap starts at GSCE: Why businesses must engage with students earlier”

On 2 June 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) released a research paper introducing a new analysis of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset. Jon Hering (Head of Business Development here at TILG) analyses the data in this article.

Young People’s Mental Health: In Crisis or Experiencing a Breakthrough?

The popular headliner may be Coronavirus, but there is no doubt that the topic of mental wellbeing is certainly taking some of the spotlight this year. With the uncertainty that this year has brought, it is not surprising to know that 1/3 of all adults are suffering from anxiety or depression as a direct result from the pandemic.

TILG announce National Skills Challenge Champions 2021

The Inspirational Learning Group and Staffordshire University London have spent the 2020/21 academic year delivering The National Skills Challenge to young people from across the UK. The completion of the challenge culminated in a business presentation to our panel of judges who went on to crown our national champions.

The Pandemic, Unemployment and Kickstart Scheme - A Personal Account

This personal account from Jessica Errington, our Digital Assistant here at TILG, explores what the Kickstart scheme is and how she is settling into her role.

Bring on the Boadroom

The Inspirational Learning Group are passionate about engaging, inspiring and motivating young people. In fact, we think that we are experts at doing just that! Although, every expert still needs support and advice. That is why we’re looking for a young person to join our board of directors for the 2021-2022 academic year.

From catch-up to level-up

Over the Easter period, the Department for Education (DfE) released a new plan to support students by providing £200 million to fund summer schools. This grant is certainly a welcome boon for many educators, but with a variety of challenges already plaguing this year’s summer term, many schools are feeling pressure around whether or not they will even have the capacity to accept the funding.

“Find What You Love” From TNEC to Marketing Entrepreneur

With so many options available to young adults, it’s hard to know what you want to do when you grow up. Do you go to college, university or go straight for an apprenticeship? How do you get your dream job? What even is your dream job? Do you choose to do a B-Tech or A-levels? Do you choose a gap year before university, during or even after?

Inaugural winners of the Staffordshire Business School Challenge crowned!

The Inspirational Learning Group was delighted to work with the award-winning Staffordshire Business School to set a unique enterprise programme for young people across the Midlands. Delivered using a hybrid of physical and virtual delivery methods, the challenge involved over 1,000 young people from 20 colleges and sixth forms in the Midlands.

TILG & TNEC team up with NatWest's Dream Bigger Programme to announce the launch of a summer term of programmes.

These live sessions are available for all secondary school students FREE OF CHARGE throughout the summer term and are aimed at developing positive mindsets and improving young people's presentation skills.

TILG announce new Non-Exec Chair of the company.

Carl Ward, who is CEO of The Stoke on Trent based City Learning Trust and also the Chair of the Foundation for Education Development will become Non-Exec Chair of The Inspirational Learning Group.

TILG and Waterworld Leisure Resort team up to upskill and level up thousands of students all across the county!

The Inspirational Learning Group and Waterworld Leisure Resort are poised to offer over £50,000 worth of enterprise resources to primary schools across Staffordshire for the National Primary School Challenge.

More Learners, More Choices, Less Funding.

On the 26th of March, the Office for Students (OfS) released its latest approach to governing the Uni Connect programme. The new guidance is in response to a month-long consultation that engaged over 350 stakeholders in assessing a number of proposals for how best to manage Uni Connect moving forward. Here’s what you need to know…

Back To School For TILG

After 12 months of being cooped up at home, Liam Brookes, TILG’S Delivery Manager could not be more excited to be back working in schools. I caught up with Liam after his first week back in schools.

TILG celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021

In collaboration with HigherHorizons+, TILG celebrated National Apprenticeship Week through workshops, live feeds and interviews with some incredible companies and engaged with over 1,500 pupils and parents across the programme.

New project announced with Office for Students Uni-Connect and Lancaster University

Students will be tasked with identifying how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected key groups to develop a brand new product or service that could help or support these groups.

TNEC announce NatWest and Air Products as this year's TNEC sponsors.

TNEC are thrilled to announce this year's challenge sponsors as NatWest and Air Products. Both challenges will see students develop their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through working on the real-life challenges set by 2 of the UK's best known companies.

TILG dive into Primary Enterprise Challenge with Waterworld

Following the success of last year's Stoke on Trent Primary Challenge, TILG have teamed up with Staffordshire-based aqua park Waterworld for this year's Primary School Challenge which will be launched nationally for the first time.

Let's get ready to Crumble!

The Inspirational Learning is thrilled to announce that last year’s KS4 National Enterprise Challenge winning idea has been made into a Grenade bar. The Bourne Academy team fought off tough competition at the virtual finals to be crowned TNEC KS4 Champions 2019/20.

The Inspirational Learning Group and Staffordshire Business School to provide free workshops across the Midlands

The Inspirational Learning Group are delighted to be working with the award-winning Staffordshire Business School to set a unique enterprise programme for young people across the Midlands.

TILG announce new projects for September 2020

TILG are thrilled to announce that they will be working with Aspire to HE and GM Higher producing bespoke study skills and Local Labour Market workshops.

The National Enterprise Challenge finals 2020

For the first time ever, The National Enterprise Challenge finals sponsored by Air Products, Grenade and Staffordshire University was streamed live to schools and homes across the UK on Wednesday 15th July.

National Skills Challenge champions announced

This year's challenge was set by Sports Interactive, the makers of Football Manager who challenged pupils to come up with a new marketing campaign to extend the appeal of Football Manager to a wider audience.

The skills we are given or the skills we need?

Another fantastic blog post from Rebecca Clarke, Head of Programmes and Education here at TILG.

TNEC collaborates with REST EASY Method

Alongside REST EASY Method, TNEC will be providing resilience training during all TNEC days from September.

Blended learning approach to skills development

In these challenging times the development of of young people's enterprise and employability skills is going to be as important as ever and TILG remains committed to supporting this agenda.

Sentinel 100: Influential & inspirational

The Inspirational Learning Group Directors announced as 2 of the most influential people in Staffordshire.

Curriculum Improvement Award nominations

Head of Programmes and Education, Rebecca Clarke, has been nominated for a Curriculum Improvement Award.

New Ambassador for TNEC

TNEC welcomes Nick Jenkins as the new ambassador.

Education – Right, Responsibility or Privilege?

Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

Doncaster Enterprise Challenge Finals

On Thursday 13th February, six SEN schools from the Doncaster area competed in the first Doncaster Enterprise Challenge finals event.

Stoke on Trent Primary Enterprise Challenge Finals

The Inspirational Learning Group has worked with the Stoke on Trent Opportunity Area to deliver a real-life business challenge to 10 Primary schools based in Stoke on Trent.

Ten Tips to promote Entrepreneurial Talent in your School -

National Careers Week is upon us once again! Take a look at these top tips which should help your students develop the key skills that they will need to become the Lord Sugar for the next generation.