Future First to receive CEC funding

Future First will receive funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to help students see a world beyond their own in the government’s first six Opportunity Areas.

Future First has been successful in a second round of funding from the CEC. The Company made £1million available to boost social mobility in the first six Opportunity Areas: Blackpool, Oldham, Derby, Scarborough, Norwich, and West Somerset.

Our programme has been chosen to appear on a rate card of tried and tested models, from which schools and colleges will choose their preferred initiatives.

The CEC is investing £5million in careers and enterprise programmes across the country to help 160,000 young people make connections with the world of work.

The government-backed CEC is funding organisations which ensure that the best careers and enterprise programmes reach the students who need them the most.

The investment will support Future First, along with 49 other organisations, to deliver tried and tested programmes which focus on work experience, enterprise education, volunteering and/or transition skills development.

“Good careers advice is vital in inspiring and helping young people to make smart, informed choices about their futures – whether that’s going off to university, starting an apprenticeship or kick starting a career. The Careers & Enterprise Company has reached out to thousands of young people to give them advice and support to ensure there are no limits to their potential. It’s great to see the programmes continue to take shape across the country and positively impact young lives.”

Rt Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education

“I am delighted we have been able to invest £5million to scale up proven careers and enterprise programmes in areas of need, focusing on careers and enterprise cold spots. I am grateful to the Education Endowment Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their significant contribution to help build the evidence base. “Our first fund has delivered ahead of schedule to provide careers and enterprise support to more than 250,000 young people including 170,000 new STEM encounters with business. It has also engaged 3,000 new employers working with young people for the first time. “The best research shows that young people who have 4 or more encounters with the world of work while in education are 86% less likely to be NEET - not in education, employment or training - and on average will go on to earn 18% more than their peers who did not have such opportunities. So we know this funding is making a real difference to employment outcomes for young people and the future of our economy.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers and Enterprise Company

“We are delighted that the CEC has once again chosen to fund Future First's work in building alumni communities in state schools. We know that among every alumni community is a host of inspiring role models, who can boost the confidence, motivation and life chances of students. Alumni are unique because of their connection with current students. The young people in these six areas will truly benefit from working with former students, who will show them what's possible and open their eyes up to a world beyond their own."

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector