A highly skilled workforce is the key to economic prosperity. Poor education, low skills and qualifications lead to insecure employment and low pay. A good quality education with high levels of attainment is integral for everyone to reach their full potential.

New British evidence shows statistically significant positive relationships exist between the number of employer contacts (such as career talks or work experience) that a young person experiences in school (between the ages of 14 and 19) and;

  • Their confidence (at 19-24) in progression towards ultimate career goals
  • The likelihood of whether (at 19-24) they are NEET or non-NEET
  • Earnings if salaried

Further research illustrates that four interventions by businesses reduces a young person’s likelihood of being NEET by five times.

The proportion of pupils attaining level 4 in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 (78%) remains below the London average.

Croydon has a higher level of youth unemployment claimant rate 4.8% against a London average of 3.2%.
14.1 % of children live in out-of-work households.

Croydon Commitment Education Programme

Our Education Programme has been developed in partnership with national social enterprises such as Teach First and at a local level with key local stakeholders. It is underpinned by good practice and local research which directly addresses the needs within Croydon.

Sustainability Development Goals targeted:

Lunchtime Literacy
Lunchtime Literacy is aimed at improving children’s reading skills at both Primary and Secondary schools. Volunteers give up a lunchtime a week to visit a local school, hear children read and discuss the book. Employee volunteers are asked to commit to the programme for at least two terms so that the child they are paired with has a constant reading partner. The school, students, and volunteers track the improvement each child makes during the term.
The Impact
Lunchtime literacy is one of our most popular and successful programmes, in part due to the impact employee volunteers can see on the child directly. Feedback has indicated the impact is not limited to improving the child’s reading. We have seen an increase in their self-confidence, communication and language skills. There has been a demonstrable impact on children’s reading age. External research has shown that 98% of children supported by 1-1 reading support have an improved attitude to reading.
Croydon Commitment’s Confidence and Employability Workshops
Confidence and Employability workshops are run in partnership with employee volunteers and deliver a programme that aims to instil confidence in young people and raise their aspirations. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for the workplace and benefit from first hand interactions with business people from a wide variety of occupations. Workshops cover sessions on:

  • the volunteers own career pathway (how I got here)
  • first impressions (what counts)
  • soft skills (you may not realise you have)
  • finding jobs and approaching the employer
  • personal statements, CV writing and interview tips
The Impact
The impact of the programme is an increased confidence in young people in them believing their own potential. The programme raises the self awareness of the skills and attitudes needed for employment. It tackles the barriers to employment and shows an increase in resourcefulness to finding employment and pursuing ambition.
“Thanks so much for coming to The Quest Academy and delivering your Assembly presentation and the four Employability Skills Workshop to our Year 10 students. The students were still talking about it as they left, and asked me if they could do some more. Please don’t underestimate the positive impact this will have on these children.” Vice Principal, Quest Academy
Education – Mock Interview Days
Mock Interview Days raise awareness in young people of the skills, attitudes and aptitudes sought by employers, as well as providing valuable interview experience. It gives the young person an insight into the interview process and an understanding of what an employer is looking for. Students also improve their communication and interpersonal skills.
The Impact
Mock Interview Days make a tangible difference to young people’s experience of interviews. The insight into what an interview is like coupled with the opportunity to improve their interview techniques and gain bespoke feedback is invaluable.
“This morning went very well indeed and can I take this opportunity to thank Michelle and her team of volunteers for the fine work that they did and the skillful way in which they engaged with the students.  The help that they offered was invaluable.It has been an excellent project and I would love to work with you again in the future.” Matthew Scrimshaw, Head of MFL & Enterprise, St Mark’s Church of England Academy
Next Steps Workshop – New Programme Autumn 2018
The next step workshop is designed specifically for Year 6 students before they make the transition to secondary school. The sessions are informal and encompass career choices, what kind of qualifications are needed, insights into the volunteers own career path, knowing what skills are valued, growth employment sectors and helping pupils to make informed decisions about their future.
The Impact
Strengthening the link between business and schools helps prepare children for the jobs of the future. For some children, this may be the only opportunity to talk to someone from a professional background.  The transition between primary and secondary is a key stage in a child’s development and a great opportunity for businesses to raise aspirations of children before they enter secondary school.
Count on Us – New Programme Autumn 2018
Maths shapes everything we do but approximately 1 in 5 London children leave primary school performing below the national standard expected for maths. Count on Us is aimed at improving children’s numeracy skills. The programme supports 7 to 14 year olds with attainment, confidence and motivation in numeracy.
The Impact
Research by Number Partners shows that 92% of the children participating in the project have increased their chance of reaching their individual numeracy targets. Teachers also reported that there were additional benefits – a positive impact on their concentration, listening skills, verbal expression, confidence, motivation and aspirations of participation children as well as improvements in their understanding of the world of work and participation in the classroom.
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