Feature News — 18 September 2017

The Crick Institute, Founders4Schools celebrate visionary teachers working with Britain’s business elite to slam shut the skills gap

On the 14th September 2017 at the incredible new Francis Crick Institute, Founders4Schools celebrated the educators and business leaders who have worked together to connect over 80,000 young people with its nationwide network of more than 30,000 business leaders.

The Founders4Schools Judges considered nominations drawn from thousands of educators, business leaders and local government partners who use F4S services to help young people understand the world of work they will enter after school. It was incredible to see so many fantastic examples of educators, and the transformational impact they are having on employability within the existing curriculum.

Research shows student-employer encounters boost both employability and earning potential by supplementing the skills exams test for. Students with four employer encounters are 86% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and three times more likely to consider studying a STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) subject.

The well-known serial-entrepreneur & philanthropist, Sherry Coutu CBE, Founder and Chairman of Founders4Schools, presented Awards to individuals and organisations doing the most to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work.

Paul Jundu collecting his Founders4Schools award from Sherry Coutu, CBE and Chairman of Founders4Schools

Award categories included ‘diversity’ for the individual who had inspired girls by drawing the most women into the classroom and ‘STEM’ for the individual who empowered future scientists and were judged by representatives from organisations including Kano, EE, London & Partners and Women on
Boards UK. Also recognised were the business leaders who have played a vital role in Founders4Schools initiatives, including the new work experience initiative Workfinder.

Sherry Coutu CBE, Founder and Chairman of Founders4Schools, said, “Founders4Schools inspires students by connecting them with business leaders, to show them a wider world of STEM and entrepreneurialism is out there, by partnering with amazing teachers and passionate business leaders. Our work would not be possible without them.”

“Every teacher and leader recognised by these awards is focused on the importance of workplace encounters in preparing young people for employment. Together we are supporting businesses and educators in achieving the goal of four encounters between the ages of 13-16.

Founders4Schools’ mission is to improve the life chances of students by giving them connections in their community who help them discover the skills and pathways that will be relevant when they leave education. Ultimately, we want all students to be well-informed about their future options, motivated to succeed and to lead enterprising lives.”

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