The CBI Report Helping The UK Thrive (2017) focused on businesses being “concerned about finding enough people with the right skills, with skills gaps seen by nearly two-thirds as a threat to the UK’s competitiveness.”   Working with us will give you the opportunity to influence and inspire the next generation workforce and for you to see the talent available to you.  It enables you to further bridge this skills gap and have your say on which skills young people need to develop to be successful in their future career choices.  We will then develop the programmes to help deliver your priorities.

The transition from education to work needs focus if we are to minimise unemployment at this critical stage of life: although the trend is downward, some 800,000 people aged 16-24 are currently not in education, employment or training “(2017)

At the heart of our business is our commitment to address this problem; by providing inclusion for everyone, regardless of background and academic ability, so that young people do not become a negative statistic but become a positive role model.

Great work is being done in schools, but we know that by bringing employers closer to young people while they are in education has huge benefits for both parties.  All of our programmes offer every young person a meaningful employment encounter, a key feature of the Government’s careers strategy.

As the CBI reported, “After the age of 11, businesses think there is scope for greater focus on work awareness and future possibilities, with more than a third (37%) highlighting the case for more engagement with business to boost young people’s understanding and inspire them about future options and a third (33%) looking for careers advice to be improved as a priority.”

Benefits of Educational Programmes

“Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.” – Gatsby. 

As well as promoting the spirit of entrepreneurialism and transferrable skills, using a variety of cross-curricular tasks, programmes are developed with the Gatsby Career Benchmarks in mind; with employer encounters, personal guidance and encounters with higher education being at the forefront.

The uptake of Business GCSE rose by around 20% this year, such that now, almost 70% of Year 9 are studying business. We have more A level students than ever for both Business and Economics.” – Stella Neal, Head of Business Enterprise Centre

Responsibility is integrated into the programmes we create. Our philosophy is one of equality and in creating and delivering enterprise and employability programmes, we work on a model where every single student receives the same opportunity, regardless of background or personal circumstances.

Through first class facilitation and exceptionally high standards, we aim for all students to be successful at their own individual level.

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

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

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.