Some of the work we have done in the past looks like this:
Make It: We’ve designed team-based event challenges for up to 120 young people based on the products and services of a number of world class and smaller manufacturers – from pourable flooring to plastic bottles, airliners to 4x4s and soap powders to breakfast cereals we’ve made them all fun.
As an example, Kellogg’s wanted to increase their recruitment from Greater Manchester for their Trafford Park factory’s Apprentice Programme after global applications were eclipsing local interest. The challenge we designed has school teams competing against one another (as well as the teachers who need to know about the careers available) and is supported by our staff, Kellogg’s Apprentices and business volunteers.
This challenge has delivered three successful annual events for Year 11 students in Greater Manchester and increased their local recruitment massively!
BAE Systems have been long-term advocates for young people and are at the forefront of activities to increase the take-up of women into engineering and STEM subjects. In order to build partnerships with new manufacturing suppliers in the UAE we have delivered activities with International and local schools over the past three years using a proven challenge designed in 2008 and updated regularly.
Teams of students work with UK and UAE-based apprentice engineers to develop their own Unmanned Rescue and Emergency Vehicles with which to help people in distress through disasters etc.
In 2016 our event – held at the Al Ain University’s new Innovation Centre – was visited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the Director of Education for Abu Dhabi Education Council.
In the 2017 event the Make It Challenge at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi was visited officially by His Royal Highness The Duke of York and the CEO of the UAE’s investment company Mubadala– which meant that the event was featured on the front pages of the majority of UAE / Gulf daily newspapers both years.
DELL UK – Powering Potential. We’ve designed a mentoring programme for DELL UK at their Berkshire Head Office which involves around 60 Year 12 and 13 students from a number of local schools attending six monthly sessions at the Computer Firm’s Head Office to develop their enterprise and career skills. The sessions are coordinated by our professional facilitators and the mentoring and support comes from a cohort of DELL employees who volunteer their time and enthusiasm to practice interviews, develop CVs and support young peoples’ career aspirations and skills.
As a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics The Prudential sponsors and funds the largest closed-road sportive cycling event in the UK. RideLondon is now in its 5th year and since 2016 we have been involved supporting the company’s Charity Partners with personal and skills development in the run-up to the event.
The Pru support a number of charity partners and their beneficiaries by providing bikes, training, nutrition and mindset / motivation for their riders. In 2016 we worked to support around 100 riders and 2017 the number rose to around 280. Our role was to design a motivational and goal-setting workshop to work alongside bike fitting and support the riders aged 16-19 riding for Greenhouse Sports and TeachFirst who both work with students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Working directly with double gold-medal Olympians Dame Kelly Holmes and Nicola Adams at 3 locations – London Velodrome, Birmingham and Harrogate – we helped inspire commitment and passion in the riders.
“I feel I could take on the world” said one of the participants after the 46-mile bike ride.
2018 sees the Pru working with 600 young people and we’re involved again