Scale-Up Programmes

Founders4Schools

Used by students, employers and educators in more than 300 local authority areas throughout England and Scotland, Founders4Schools builds smart connections between companies and students aged 6-24.

As an EdTech charity, Founders4Schools (F4S) works nationally and locally with more than 2,000 organisations to connect business volunteers with teachers and students in their community. The charity’s work-experience service Workfinder – available on mobile phones – puts the young person at the centre of the search process and enables them to secure experience with growing firms in their communities.

To date F4S has supported 215,975 students, business volunteers have given 10,414 hours and created 656,625 student-employer encounters. In its 2017-2018 Annual Report the charity reported a 50% increase in educators using its service and a greater than 100% increase in student-employer encounters per 1,000 students.

A recent innovation on the charity’s website showcases the number of hours put in by business leaders who are volunteering in their areas to celebrate local community “Change Agents” and allow local authorities to track activity in their areas.

Through digital integration with the Careers & Enterprise Company government officials have access to detailed database that charts student-employer encounters and allows them to analyse learner attainment in schools where students have met 10 business leaders in the past six months compared to those that have not.

Read more about programmes breaking down the talent and skills barrier here.

founders4schools.org.uk 

If you know any national or local scaleup programmes that you want to recommend as a potential case study for the Institute to consider please do get in touch: info@scaleupinstitute.org.uk

Founders4Schools

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