Rothschild Charitable Giving Fund: employability skills project

We’re delighted to announce the schools taking part in our Employability Skills project, supported by The Rothschild Charitable giving fund. The project will enable students in four schools to develop their written and oral communication skills, supported by alumni role models. The young people taking part have been identified as at risk of not going into education, training or employment. They will work with alumni from similar backgrounds over three years to improve their self- belief and develop their skills.

The successful schools are:

  • Looe Community Academy, Cornwall
  • Orchard School, Bristol
  • Jarrow School, Newcastle
  • Neale-Wade Academy, Cambridgeshire

The first year will focus on developing students’ verbal communication skills, and years two and three will look at written communication.  In both year one and year three, students will do a mock interview, held offsite in a real workplace environment.

Alumni will coach students through activities that build self-awareness, confidence and drive, and increase their understanding of the options open to them in the future. We know that alumni can have a powerful influence on the aspirations and confidence of young people- 85% of students say that alumni events help them to understand that “people like me” can be successful. Future First staff will train and support alumni to fulfill this role in each session.

We’re excited to share an update on the first sessions in the Autumn term.