Jack Petchey Foundation
One of Young Enterprise’s most committed supporters is the Jack Petchey Foundation. Between 2005 and 2009 the Foundation was the sole funder of our Learn to Earn programme across all London boroughs. Their fantastic support enabled nearly 100,000 young students to take part in practical activities that helped them to understand the skills and knowledge they need for different jobs and the relevance of their studies in achieving success in these, ultimately raising career aspirations.
In 2013/14 we were delighted to announce that the Jack Petchey Foundation were partnering with Young Enterprise once again for a new pilot project. Thanks to the Foundation’s funding we were able to run Employability Masterclasses and support 850 students across London and Essex to learn about the interview process and gain practical interview experience.
Following the success of the pilot we are delighted to continue this partnership and significantly increase our work with young people approaching the end of their schooling. In 2014/15 the Jack Petchey Foundation supported 3,068 students to take part in the Employability Masterclasses and they have recently confirmed generous funding for a further 6,000 students to benefit across London and Essex. These day-long sessions will improve students’ chances of succeeding when they apply for higher education or as they enter the job market:
- 92% of students develop interview skills
- 87% of students feel more confident in going for an interview
- 82% of students state that the Masterclass has helped them think about what they want to do in their future education and career
The Foundation’s dedicated on going commitment will ensure that every Employability Masterclass is delivered with the support of volunteers from the business world. 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 interviewers 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.
Trudy Kilcullen of the Jack Petchey Foundation said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Young Enterprise once again to deliver programme that directly responds to a need from schools. Young people need practical interview experience to prepare themselves and help them secure that important first job. Our support is not just about providing funding, but about creating an effective programme that truly addresses an issue that young people are struggling with.”