Future First brings working world to life for young people in social mobility ‘cold spots’

At Future First, we have been awarded a second round of government funding to extend our work improving young people’s employability skills and boosting their ambition in areas where careers advice is lacking.

The new money from The Careers and Enterprise Company means we are the only organisation working in all the government’s 12 opportunity areas benefiting 50,000 state school and college students by broadening their jobs horizons.

The new funding will help an additional 10,600 students at 19 state secondary schools and colleges in Bradford, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich and Stoke-on-Trent, areas identified by the government as careers ‘cold spots’.

Our successful schemes have already benefited 40,000 students in the first six opportunity areas – Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough and West Somerset – and will continue next academic year.

The funding from The Careers and Enterprise Company, set up by the government in 2015 to transform careers support and guidance for young people, comes at a time when schools are required to improve focus on careers provision and ensure that young people have access to the employer encounters they need to prepare for their futures.

Matt Lent, Chief Executive of Future First said, “The government has clearly recognised the value that former students provide in acting as relatable role models who can inspire and motivate today’s young people. If students see that someone who sat at the same school desk, perhaps had the same teachers and is from the same background has gone on to succeed, they are more likely to believe they can too.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer of The Careers and Enterprise Company, said, “The opportunity areas are all different and challenging, yet the Future First programme has been successful across all of them. The research shows that the most important thing about role models is that they are relatable, that core insight is so powerful and effective and that’s one of the reasons we love what Future First does.”

Schools and colleges taking part in the new round of funding are: Beckfoot Oakbank School, Beckfoot Thornton, Bingley Grammar School, Feversham College, Hanson Academy , Ilkley Grammar School and Southfield School in Bradford, Cromwell Community College, Sir Harry Smith Community College, Soham Village College and Witchford Village College in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Doncaster College and Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, Sussex Coast College Hastings and The St Leonards Academy in Hastings, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, The Discovery Academy and Sir Thomas More Catholic Academy in Stoke-on-Trent and Suffolk New College in Ipswich.