The next generation of talent will have opportunities that don’t exist in today’s economy. Whether that be in the future green economy or as a result of AI and other emerging technology the skills needed by the workforce of the future won’t be the same as those needed now. This rapid pace of change means that teachers struggle to keep up-to-date on what employers are seeking. We now have a situation where 34.4% of students lack confidence in their employability and are unsure of what employers are looking for in their future workforce. This is even more the case for those who come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds who are tackling even greater hurdles.
Founders4Schools is committed to inspiring and empowering the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and leaders in the fields that will drive the future of our nation. Our charity has a network of volunteer role models willing to help young people overcome these barriers. By sharing their career journey and giving insight into what their sector is looking for in its future workforce our volunteers are giving young people the insight to make the right decisions for their future success. We have seen students from all backgrounds gaining access to opportunities that were previously beyond their reach, thanks to our programs. We’ve already supported over 600,000 young people but there is more we could do. Your funding will help support our work including specific outreach such as our Sustainable Futures and Maths4Girls projects.
We know the significant impact positive role models can have on career success, with evidence showing that students who have four or more interactions with business role models are five times more likely to be in education, employment or training when they leave school. At F4S we provide the opportunity for all educators to empower young people through these encounters and bring careers education to life, raising their aspirations and giving them confidence in their future careers.
It costs us around £1 to provide 1 student with an inspirational role model encounter. Since 2015, we have facilitated over 1.5 million encounters between role models and young people and in these uncertain times it is more important than ever that we educate and inspire young people about their future career pathways. You can support us in this mission by making a one off or regular donation today.