Who we support
Meet the Super Pioneers
This year we are working with 11 social businesses that are focused on increasing employability skills and employment opportunities.
Blue Sky employs ex-offenders on 6-month contracts to deliver commercial work in a range of industry sectors (grounds maintenance, waste management, distribution, laundry, catering). Blue Sky works with local authorities and private sector contractors, providing an alternative to agency or seasonal labour with added social value. It has created jobs within the supply chains of private companies across a range of sectors, including Deloitte, and has created in-prison jobs through ‘Blue Sky Inside’ workshops, producing textiles goods for companies. By employing and supporting ex-offenders Blue Sky’s social impact is to reduce re-offending and to challenge negative perceptions about ex-offenders.
The Employability Trust
The Employability Trust aims to help young people not in education, employment or training to gain the skills required to secure sustainable employment. Their 15,000 sq ft factory in County Durham offers real work experience through contracts with local organisations. This work enables young people to gain experience in warehousing, manufacturing and fulfilment whilst helping the local economy to become flexible and efficient. Through the development of employability skills, The Employability Trust enhances the confidence, motivation and wellbeing of young people.
Fieri deliver integrated performance programmes that build people capability within organisations. They are specialists in providing bespoke, high-impact and novel development options to corporate, elite sport and public sector clients; from single events through to long-term modular programmes. From developing future leaders through to improving personal communication skills, Fieri produce tangible performance results and sustainable change in talented individuals, teams and leaders. They do this using a team of inspirational and experienced former military consultants and instructors, many having experienced life-changing injuries.
Future First supports young people to fulfil their potential by connecting them with career and education role models they can relate to. The vision is that every state school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community. Future First helps schools and colleges to harness the resources available through the alumni community by offering an alumni network building and management service.
K10 aims to enhance the capability of young people to find sustainable full-time employment. It does this by providing pre-employment training and a paid apprenticeship opportunity in the construction and financial sectors. Young people gain skills, knowledge and experience, and a recognised qualification that increases their employment prospects and earning potential.
Modern Muse is a resource to help inspire the next generation of young women and girls about the world of work. A web app for desktop and mobile helps girls explore the diverse careers available to them and supports parents and schools to give career guidance to girls. Modern Muse seeks to give girls, specifically those from less privileged backgrounds, insight into the variety and breadth of career options available and information on job placements, internships and apprenticeships.
Pop Up Business School
The Pop-Up Business School supports people to set up businesses and make money doing what they love. It works with Housing Associations to deliver a Pop-Up Business School – a two to ten day intervention with follow up for a year. The aim is to get people off long-term reliance on benefits and to help them start businesses to make their own money by doing something they enjoy.
Recycling Lives acts as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. Recycling Lives offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call their own. Their charity work is supported by the successful commercial activities of Recycling Lives Ltd, a Queen’s Award-winning recycler and waste management solutions provider.
Recruit for Spouses
Founded and run by military spouses like the people it serves, Recruit for Spouses exists to effect a three-fold change in bridging the military and business communities: they alter the way military spouses live and work, enabling an increasingly important second income; they also shape the way modern businesses source and retain quality employees; changing the perception of Forces’ spouses as a transient work force.
Vi-Ability is a national award winning social enterprise that was set up in December 2009, by ex-Arsenal, Liverpool and Welsh international footballer Kelly Davies. Their vision is for every community to have a thriving and financially stable sports club at its heart that can provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons while developing employability and life skills. Vi-ability provides opportunities for people of all ages to develop skills by offering training, work experience and qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing this they also help to sustain thriving community sports clubs, and develop stronger communities around the UK. It by bringing all three components together, Vi-Ability are really able to maximise their economic & social impact.
WildHearts’ vision is ‘Business for Good’; to that end it launches companies, such as WildHearts Office, that make a positive social impact. Its Micro-Tyco programme ‘Democratises Opportunity’ in the UK by providing award winning entrepreneurial and employability skills training for young people. Globally WildHearts fund microfinance across the developing world, helping people to work their way out of poverty with dignity. WildHearts’ educational event portfolio includes the Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit, Micro-Tyco Master Classes and Future Talent Forums.