Earn While You Learn - Grants Awarded

The Foundation received 20 applications in the first round which were whittled down to 10 invited to complete a 2nd-stage application form. Four grants have been awarded under this programme, totalling £263,784 over the next 3 years, with capacity to expand programmes where appropriate. In each case the beneficiaries will be drawn from financially disadvantaged young people living or being educated in the Foundation’s area of benefit.

Grants have been awarded to:
Inspire! (£74,784) - Through the City Talent Programme, Inspire! intends to create paid part-time / holiday jobs for 16-19 year olds from Camden and Islington, prioritising those identified by their schools as having limited social capital and aspirations and at risk of becoming NEET.
Leadership Through Sport & Business (£40,000) - LTSB is a social mobility charity, that works with ambitious young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare them for work, develop their leadership potential and support them through accountancy apprenticeships. This project will support 20 young people from Camden and Islington, aged 16-21, to take part in the charity’s two-year programme.
The Royal Society for Blind Children (£39,000) - RSBC aims to create a better life for visually impaired blind children by helping them to find and fulfil their potential. The Visionary Apprenticeships programme aims to recruit 20 blind or partially sighted young people, aged 16-24, with priority given to those young people that are NEET, to begin their EWYL placements, which are expected to last a minimum of six months.
St Giles Trust (£110,000) - SGT is a charity which helps people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the support they need, helping them to become positive contributors to local communities and wider society. The GROW project will target a group of 120, 16-25-year olds across Islington, Camden and the City, such as carers and those with health issues, for whom full-time employment is not easily manageable. The project will also engage young people in education that are struggling financially, in order to help them sustain their education and target young people exiting criminal gangs who need an income to be able to support a transition to college.

Careers Education and Guidance - Grants Awarded

Twelve grants have been awarded under the Foundation’s Careers Education and Guidance Grants Programme launched towards the end of 2017, as part of the Foundation’s new Progression into Work Strategy. The programme aims to strengthen careers provision in Camden and Islington secondary schools so that all young people are effectively prepared for the world of work. A key priority is to help schools to embed structured careers programmes that ensure all students receive a progression of planned work-related learning year on year.

We were delighted with the response to the programme, which has resulted in the awarding of grants totalling nearly £700,000, to benefit students across 15 schools over the next three years. Over this period 12 of these schools will aim to meet all eight of the recognised benchmarks for good careers guidance and to achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Grants have been awarded as follows:

  • Career Ready (£120,000) – to provide a series of employability masterclasses, delivered by employers, to students in seven schools, and enable sixth formers at La SWAP in Camden to access mentoring, internship and work experience placements.
  • City of London Academy Islington (£28,500) – to establish a careers library and improve provision, including careers lesson and work experience in Year 12.
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (£120,500) – to share practice with Holloway School, and provide advisory and practical support to ensure a comprehensive careers programme is in place at both schools, including embedding careers across all faculty areas
  • Hampstead School, Camden (£44,549) – to enhance and consolidate whole school careers education and embed a bespoke sixth form advice service
  • Haverstock School, Camden (£27,250) – to link careers learning and labour market information to subject areas, developing resources and lesson plans to inspire learners throughout the school
  • La Sainte Union School, Camden (£34,166) – to enable the school to provide a full and sustainable careers programme, including integrating careers leaning within the curriculum
  • London Borough of Camden (£60,000) – to facilitate exchange of learning and good practice across schools, to provide training for school Careers Leaders, and to provide specialist support to help seven schools work towards the achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • London Borough of Islington (£60,000) - to facilitate exchange of learning and good practice across schools, to provide training for school Careers Leaders, and to provide specialist support to help six schools working towards the achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • New River College, Islington (£55,555) – to enhance the college’s Alternative Work Skills Curriculum designed to motivate and build the work readiness of students by integrating employer-led training opportunities and more cross-curricular learning.
  • Parliament Hill School, Camden (£38,425) – to enhance the school’s careers programme whilst also introducing additional tiers of provision for students in need of additional support
  • Samuel Rhodes School, Islington (£34,632) – to enable more students to progress from school into employment by tackling key barriers that can limit students’ aspirations, confidence and opportunities
  • St Mary Magdalene Academy (£54,992) – to develop a more cohesive and seamless careers programme, well-integrated into life at the academy, with an expansion of provision to include careers lessons across the school, plus more employer visits and enrichment days.

The Foundation’s support will also enable funded schools across Camden and Islington to benefit from a three year subscription to Unifrog, a multi-functional careers platform to help schools to monitor their careers programmes, and students to research destinations and career pathways and to record their careers learning.

Careers Education and Guidance Grants Programme opens for applications

The second strand of the Foundation's new Progression into Work strategy is now live with the launch of our grants programme to strengthen and embed improved careers education and guidance in Camden and Islington secondary schools. We aim to support around half of our local schools to significantly extend or enhance their existing provision so that all students are well-prepared and equipped with the skills and insights to progress successfully into the world of work.

Our review, earlier this year, of the policy and practice landscape relating to young people's progression into work, had highlighted the lack of capacity in many schools to plan and co-ordinate the careers education curriculum and progression of work-related learning opportunities that they would like to offer. There is now clear evidence of the benefits of a well sequenced careers programme encompassing purposeful encounters with employers, clear insights and information about career pathways and opportunities, and individual guidance for students, but nationally only 50% of schools achieve at least two of the eight recognised good practice benchmarks (1). Although there are some fantastic examples of careers learning in Camden and Islington and these boroughs have amongst the highest concentrations of employers in the country, we heard that many of our local schools are not able to tap into the opportunities available and have cut back on their work experience programmes. Our grants programme is intended to help them transform their provision for the longer-term.

The programme will offer funding directly to schools and the organisations that support them for up to a three year period, with awards likely to range up to £70,000 for work in a single school and up to £200,000 for the very strongest proposals working across multiple schools. Full guidelines and the application form are available here, with the deadline for first stage applications Monday 18th December, and grants to be awarded by the end of March 2018.

This programme complements our 'Earn while you Learn' grants programme which is accepting applications until the 13th November, for programmes to increase opportunities for young people, aged 16-24 to engage in meaningful work through part time jobs, paid work experience or traineeships, internships and apprenticeships.

(1) https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploaded/careers-enterprise-compass-state-of-the-nation-release.pdf

New Grants Programme opens under our new Progression into Work Strategy

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Progression into Work Strategy. Stemming from Richard Reeve’s original will which included the instruction that his legacy be used for “putting them forth Apprentices for some calling for their future good”, we have long supported work intended to equip young people more successfully for the world of work. Our new Strategy sets the direction and focus for this work over the next five years, beginning with the launch today of our first new grants programme.

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