Jack Petchey Foundation
One of Young Enterprise’s most committed supporters is Sir Jack Petchey, who has worked with us since 2004 to support young people through The Jack Petchey Foundation.
Between 2004 and 2009 the Foundation supported Young Enterprise’s Learn to Earn programme, enabling 100,000 school students to take part in practical activities, developing the skills and understanding needed to navigate the job market and understand how their studies feed into this, ultimately raising aspirations.
Following the success of this programme, in 2013 – 2014 The Jack Petchey Foundation funded a pilot one-day employability masterclass for 850 students. This built on students’ experience of Learn to Earn and encouraged them to think about their futures and prepare for life post-education, including developing interview skills. The programme has been a tremendous success and Sir Jack has supported more and more students; this year, 6,000 students aged 14 – 18 have taken part across London and Essex.
Sir Jack is an incredibly valued supporter to Young Enterprise, enabling young people to develop life-changing skills:
86% of students felt more confident in going for interviews
80% of students felt inspired after meeting and learning from volunteers
Students will perform 30% better at interview
94% of teachers felt the masterclass improved students’ understanding of the links between education and their career prospects
The Foundation’s commitment also ensures that every programme Sir Jack funds is delivered with the support of business volunteers from a range of sectors and backgrounds. These volunteers will share their experiences of recruitment and a working environment and give the students that are taking part a genuine insight to the skills, attitudes and knowledge that employers are most often looking for.
We are incredibly grateful to Sir Jack and his Foundation for their fantastic commitment to supporting young people to reach their full potential. This year marks a fantastic milestone – The Jack Petchey Foundation has now donated more than £1 million to Young Enterprise in support of young people!
Trudy Kilcullen MBE, CEO of the Jack Petchey Foundation said:
“At 91 years old, Sir Jack Petchey has employed many people over the years and knows the importance of creating a good impression. This is why we value the work of Young Enterprise -it is vital to highlight the importance of creating a CV that stands out from the crowd and having the confidence in an interview to land that first job!”