The past year has been one of both consolidation and development for Founders4Schools. Our services, for arranging encounters between young people and local business leaders, are becoming embedded into the lives of schools and young people. Our strategy has always been to prioritise our resources to where they are most needed. Reaching young people in the Government’s 12 Social Mobility Opportunity Areas is important to our activities, and the team and I have enjoyed visiting each of the opportunity areas over the past year.
I am pleased that at the time of writing, Founders4Schools has now brokered nearly 215,000 young people to meet on average 3 business leaders from their local communities, helping them to better understand the world they will enter when they are older, and the jobs they might hold or create in the future. This is up from 80,000 in the 2016-2017 review.
We continue to adapt our services both in line with the requests of stakeholders in our ecosystem and in response to research that shows interactions to be critical in early years as a foundation and also in later years as a springboard for the transition to work. In the past twelve months, we significantly enhanced the range of Student-Employer Encounters (SEEs) that can be arranged over our platform to over twenty, we introduced our services to Scotland and we extended the age our services covers to be from 6 -24 (up from 8-18 previously).
Sherry Coutu CBE Founder & Chair July 2018