Project information

Inspiration from EmployabilityUK

A powerful, student-centric service bringing employer mentoring and coaching to provide an integrated enrichment model, building confidence and empowerment in disadvantaged students. Schools and employers working together to give the very best work start for the youth of today.

June 2015 - June 2016

Charity information: Employabilityuk

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  • Need


    Youth unemployment and educational disadvantage. Many students are simply unaware of options available to them and lack the support framework to explore new ideas. They may have self-esteem issues as a result of a lack of parental support or may be under achieving due to peer pressure. Many schools are not proficient at developing employer engagement strategies as they lack contacts and networks.


    It will give students the opportunity to work with a business mentor who can provide advice, support and guidance. It will raise confidence and self-belief enabling students to be better equipped to make life choices. It will enable students to better understand the pathways & opportunities open to them and ensure they reach their full potential.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a network of mentors to work with schools bringing support and guidance to students


    » Provide mentors to develop a professional relationship with students and school staff
    » Provide motivational workshops and talks from a range of role models
    » Arrange for students to spend time at an employer's premises to experience work for themselves in a safe and supportive environment

    What success will look like

    We will seek feedback from students who have been through the program. We will grow a database of mentors that are fully briefed and meet our safeguarding policy standards

    Aim 2

    To roll-out the program across the UK targeting schools helping all disadvantaged students.


    » To use the feedback and data from our pilot activities to build a robust, sustainable and affordable offer for schools

    What success will look like

    We have delivered a successful pilot is West Mids and have analysed feedback. We wish to launch a pilot in London and 1 further area. The data from these will inform the programme

    Aim 3

    To ensure that no students leave school without having the opportunity to work with a mentor


    » Raise the profile of face to face mentoring in schools
    » Build a network of mentors that are trained and well supported to deliver excellent advice and guidance to students

    What success will look like

    Direct feedback from students and mentors to monitor the level of success. We will offer the program as widely as possible for all schools that wish to meet this standard.

  • Impact


    Building self confidence and self awareness is key to being able to make the right decisions in life. This program will support long term improvement in the key life skills required in the modern age. Schools will have the tools to work with local employers to better support students' needs and the students will have enhanced "like" chances and be better equipped to make sound decisions about their future. Ongoing feedback tracking will facilitate continuous improvement of the program


    Lack of funding to support the project will severely limit the charity's ability to reach out to a wider group of struggling students who, through no fault of their own, really need the support that professional mentoring and coaching can provide.
    Another risk is the lack of take up by businesses. To mitigate this, the charity is working with a range of business experts from different backgrounds to encourage new employers to join in this opportunity to make a massive difference to a student


    By monthly newsletter and pilot data analysis

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £27,000 Materials Training, materials and support
      £21,000 Working with Schools Workshops, meetings, employer engagement
      £135,000 Cost of doing business Staffing cost, infrastructure, training, insurance
      £17,000 IT Costs Website, IT infrastructure
  • Background


    Initially piloted in West Midlands, the project will roll-out to two London boroughs and then rapidly across the UK as staff can be brought on board to cover the different regions. The primary target are those schools that have been marked down by OFSTED, with a follow on desire to reach out to all schools where this program will bring benefit to the students.


    The focus of this project are the disadvantaged students where parental support is lacking and schools struggle to provide the education/employment links required to support a high quality transition from education to employment. Schools and Employers will gain from the support and the ability to be committed to Corporate Social Responsibility. Young potential employees with greater life skills of high quality will improve the overall area creating improved social outcomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    EmployabilityUK has a team of experts with the relevant experience and knowledge who have been Mentors and know the joy and long lasting effect that a scheme of this nature will deliver to the upcoming workforce. The charity is a fledgling organisation and therefore have no preconceived ideas or legacy limitations allowing the program to be flexible to consistently deliver the very best outcomes and service to support young people in through the transition from school to work

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Diane Vernon - Chief Executive

    Diane is the founder and full time lead (CEO) of EmployabilityUK. Her role is to drive the project in to the schools across the country

    Lynn England - Trustee And Volunteer

    Lynn is a former educationalist who designs and builds the generic programme and delivery model. Lynn delivered the programme in to a pilot school

    Duncan Ivory - London Director/Volunteer

    Duncan has extensive corporate and volunteering experience and has responsibility for delivery in the London region and for continuous improvement.

    Georgina Taylor - Trustee And Volunteer

    An employee of Mercedes Benz, George has a lead role in attracting business support and suitable mentors and developing our Student Representatives