New DfE backed CIC to support schools with career provision

10 December 2014

Man speaking to studentsToday Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has announced that the Department for Education will be backing and supporting the initial foundation of a separate company as a central body to help support schools in accessing initiatives and organisations that enhance careers learning for students. The Community Interest Company (CIC) services will be free to schools, working with major employers as well as existing charities like Speakers for Schools to help spread more comprehensive access and awareness to such programmes. The new umbrella organisation will be lead by Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson.

Speakers for Schools’ chairman of the Board of Trustees Andrew E. Law and founder Robert Peston have said: “It is enormously important for Britain’s future prosperity to link schools and their students with the world of work. If this new DfE backed community interest company helps schools to find out about resources such as Speakers for Schools, we are naturally delighted.”

Charity Director Ashley Hodges has said: “Working with over 2,000 secondary schools we know there are schools in our network that would welcome support so they can more easily include careers provision and enrichment activities like our talks to help inspire students and nurture their full potential. We very much look forward to seeing how this venture will help all state schools across the UK more easily take advantage of programmes like ours and make opportunities more equitable for all schools.”

Speakers for Schools has organised 1,560 talks in state schools by over 850 eminent industry and academic figures since launching in 2011, as a free service to state schools.