Helping Children Future Proof their Skills
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Where are you making a difference?
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When was your organisation founded?
Reskilling and upskilling the workforce
Creating digital tools
Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?
1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed
I was fortunate enough to hear Lord Billimoria of Cobra Beer speak at a conference, where spoke about the importance of enterprising education and supporting more children with skills. This is where I first thought of Inspire Entrepreneurs. I then was minuting a meeting at my part time job in Safeguarding Children, here I worked closely with children, who were at risk of exploitation. There was a presentation from the County Lines Superintendent who described drug trafficking as a business gone 'bad'. I think this was my lightbulb moment as I realised that there were children, who could benefit from the community and an alternative to education. So, I ran after the superintendent with my business card who loved the idea.
2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?
The world is changing. Technology has altered the landscape of what the working work will look like in 20 years’ time and so, we help children future proof their skills through enterprising education. It is important to the economy that children are supported and developed so, future businesses have an innovative work force.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
At Inspire Entrepreneurs we help children future-proof their skills through enterprising education. We support children in understanding the basics in building a business and the entrepreneurial skills essential to their role in the working world in various roles. Currently, we are piloting various resources for the courses through face to face workshops and successful completed three workshops, with positive feedback from children and their teachers. We want to develop a learning management system where children would be able to develop a business idea through our system and then be linked to local support to start their business.
4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?
For young people with certain special education needs, often soft skills and understanding of empathy can be difficult to grasp and understand. The way we have designed the curriculum is to use real life, relatable examples where young people are able to connect the skills to things they may have encountered. For example, when looking at customer personas and connecting with your customer we make children watch advertisements from Apple this is because their adverts make you feel included in their community by using their products. This is really effective as young people can then understand the connection between a product and customer for example.
(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)
5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?
Through the workshops we deliver, we support children in learning about the soft skills needed to be successful not only in business but also when working for an organisation. We have designed a curriculum using entrepreneurship to focus on self-branding, design thinking, pitching and interviewing skills. Using a digital platform, young people will have access to other resources focused on employability and self reflection.
5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress
We focus on skills such as innovation, design thinking, pitching, ideation and project planning. We monitor our impact through written feedback from children, trainers and teachers. We can analyse demographics, number of participants and short-term outcomes. Through the Inspire Alumni group, we can monitor impact/outcomes after leaving education. The long-term success will be monitored through impact reports.
6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health
The techniques used to teach young people are very interactive and orientated around their personal experiences. This makes the curriculum more memorable and impacting on their personal development. Our trainers are all professionals with an entrepreneurial background, often from verty similar backgrounds to the cohorts. This is important as it helps our team quickly inte
6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.
In the first year, our target is to engage 40 schools and grow our team. In Year 2, we will double the workshops and introduce the learning management system and workshops. We would develop a licencing financial model where individuals/organisations would be able to purchase subscriptions/licences for their users. This would measure the viability through financial success.
7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?
Future Skill Gap 2020, Equipping vulnerable youth today with skills and knowledge needed for tomorrow employments and ImpactX. Locally we have other business development projects that offer skills and training but to adults. In our approach, we often collaborate with other organisations in delivering our workshops and interventions. Our approach is very energetic and unique to the traditional teaching methods, we also have young facilitators and want to implement a mentorship program to enhance individual's personal development and understanding of the working world.
8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
I conducted an 'How to Develop a Business Idea' with 80 12-13 year old students from four Birmingham, UK local schools. The engagement from the children and teachers was phenomenal. Feedback from the teachers included comments on how engaging and interactive the workshop was and how relatable the trainer was to the children being from a similar social and cultural background. We ran a 'How to Build a Social Enterprise' workshop with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in October 2019 with 25 college age pupils. Here children where put into teams and were given the resources to build a business in a day, facilitated by two trainers. After the session, we had two students interested in taking their ideas further. In February 2020, we delivered a workshop in partnership with Digisheds in Birmingham with 20 young people aged between 14-25.
9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
Short term we fund workshops partnerships with schools, charities, CSR budgets and local organisations. Long term we are looking introduce a 'train the trainer' program to deliver workshops on a wider scale. We also will be piloting our digital platform in May 2020 and be developing the resources to then introduce packages which would provide another revenue stream.
1 Full time member- BSc English Language, over 6 years of experience working in schools as a Tutor, Mentor and Special Educational Needs support.
1 Part time member- BA Honours- Social media support
Board Members- 2- Financial adviser and Qualified Social Worker.
Help Us Support Diversity! Are you a member of an under-served , under-represented, or marginalized group in your country of residence? (yes/no) (this question is optional – if you choose to fill it out, the response will not be shared with your fellow contestants)
If you selected “yes” to any of the categories above, please explain how being a member of this group has impacted you and your work?
As a women in business you face challenges with being taken seriously, though changing the entrepreneurial setup is not always made to support women in business.
Being Punjabi and from a working class family makes it easier for me to often relate with some of the challenge our young people face when they are from similar backgrounds. Again my age though sometimes people see me as inexperienced with the people we work with it makes me relatable.
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