The launch offers young people a free, one-stop shop for collaboration between employers and young people through their teachers and lecturers, improving the volume, access and quality of engagements between employers and education. The roll out follows Founders4schools having now been endorsed by the CBI, Careers and Enterprise Company, Nominet Trust, Royal Society and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Founders4Schools provides personalised guidance to teachers throughout the school term delivering to educators who use their services significantly attainment and aspirational gains.
Sir Tom Hunter, Chairman of The Hunter Foundation, said: “Founders4Schools and this digital matching service offer our young people precisely the right opportunities. What could be better when teaching mathematics than to hear from a games company how maths applies to gaming, or a biotech entrepreneur talking about science?
“We really need to forge far greater links between business and education, it’s mutually beneficial and fundamental to our economic future and this takes one more step in the right direction.”
Sherry Coutu CBE, Executive Chairman & Founder, Founders4Schools, added: “We are delighted to have been asked to come to Scotland and are excited about connecting Scottish young people to fulfilling careers.
You can find us online via the Hunter Foundation Partnership page and via Skill Development Scotland’s “My World of Work” marketplace. Educators can find FAQ and explanatory videos here https://www.founders4schools.org.uk/teachers/#/
At Founders4Schools, we combine data-science with the power of local communities to ensure that young people have at least four encounters with employers each year while they are between the ages of 13 and 16, and 140 hours of work experience placements between the age of 16 and 18. This provides them with the knowledge and insights to make informed decisions about their future. 96% of students say they have felt inspired by speakers Founders4Schools’ has enabled them to meet and 100% of teachers who use our services recommend them to others.
How it works:
Founders4Schools takes inspiration from practices common in the financial services, recruiting, film and advertising industries and uses them in the world of education and employability. Educators who choose to use our services receive personalised advice that enables them to ensure that their students receive 4 student-employers per annum and students who use our service receive personalised guidance until they have gained at least 140 hours of work experience in a variety of settings between the ages of 16 and 18.
We were approached by the Hunter Foundation who asked if we would be willing to introduce our services so that Scottish young people could benefit from meeting business leaders from small and medium sized companies in their communities. We are pleased to have said yes!