To mark Careers in Ideas Week (16-22 November 2020), we’ll be running a series of posts featuring outreach and social mobility organisations.
Many of these were represented at a 23 September 2020 “think tank” meeting, co-hosted by the IP Federation and IP Inclusive, to discuss social mobility and access to the IP professions. They all have an interest in promoting social mobility as well as, in many cases, other forms of diversity.
They’ve kindly provided information about the work each of them does and how the IP professions can get involved. Their suggestions will help you identify opportunities to give back to the community whilst also improving diversity within the IP sector. Perhaps more to the point, working with and through these organisations will help ensure that the support you provide reaches the right people, in the right way.
We kick off with a post about the charity Teach First. One of the things this charity could do with is employers willing to provide work experience opportunities to school students who wouldn’t otherwise have access. This can be tricky to do under Covid-19 restrictions, but by no means impossible: Teach First can provide guidance to help people organise work experience events on a virtual platform (please contact [email protected]).
You can access a full Careers in Ideas directory of outreach organisations here – and look out for further information about the listed organisations as Careers in Ideas Week approaches.
What does Teach First do to improve social mobility and access to the professions?
The UK is failing to unlock the potential in all our children. It leaves their future at risk – and our society’s. At Teach First, we’re working to change this. It begins with getting great teachers and brilliant leaders into the schools that need them most. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re growing a powerful network of talented people committed to change – in education and beyond. Together we’re creating the results we all want to see: every child reaching their potential. In the classroom, in work, and in life.
We work to create partnerships that will provide students with a range of career insights and skills development opportunities. For example, we support our corporate partner Ashurst LLP to recruit for their summer work experience programme Access Ashurst, which gives the most disadvantaged pupils an insight into the global law firm whilst developing their transferable skills and boosting their career aspirations.
What can IP sector organisations do to help Teach First?
Teach First has over 50 corporate partners who, between them, contribute £5m+ to our work every year. It’s vital that we continue to build new partnerships with companies that have the capacity to donate at a significant level as well as engage directly with our network of schools to provide opportunities for pupils – eg by providing enriching engagement opportunities such as work experience and virtual career talks to the pupils most in need of mobility.
What can individual IP professionals do to help?
Our virtual engagement actives have been designed to inspire and motivate bright young pupils from schools in low-income communities.
- By hosting a one-week work experience placement, you can provide young people with the building blocks towards a successful career and increase awareness and understanding of the world of IP work and the different career options available.
- Individuals can also collaborate with us by creating short virtual career talks to give teachers flexible resources that they can use to embed IP careers into students’ learning.
What specific things could IP professionals do to help your charity during Careers in Ideas Week?
Our partnerships go beyond just financial support. You can work with us in many ways to bring out the talents and potential of young people who are being let down by society. IP professionals can help our charity by inspiring pupils through our virtual career talks.