Every week, we highlight a Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity partner organisation.
Founded by a group of teachers in London in 2009, Enabling Enterprise helps school children, from the age of 6 to 19, to succeed through enterprise. Since it was founded, no fewer than 10,000 students from 80 schools in disadvantaged areas of London have taken part in an Enabling Enterprise project.
What is its action plan? Enabling Enterprise creates links between schools and companies to develop the skills and career aspirations of young people by working with teachers to embed enterprise in the classroom.
To strengthen ties between the world of business and schools, Enabling Enterprise also organizes visits to companies such as PwC, L'Occitane or Societe Generale, whose British subsidiary has welcomed young people for workshops regularly since 2010.
In 2012, the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity, following in the footsteps of its subsidiary, granted funding for the Employability-in-a-Box project.
Project participants have been selected from 10 schools including students with some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds in London to attend a programme of 20 weekly sessions, including an introduction to team work, techniques for writing CVs and how to find appropriate jobs.
Since the beginning of the project, 86% of the young people have noticed an improvement in communicating with their teachers and institutions. Following visits to companies and the involvement of employees, 90% consider that they have a better vision of potential careers. As for the employees, Noreen Khan described the experience as personally enriching, and said that it has “taken him out of his comfort zone”.
The Employability-in-a-Box project will continue in 2013, and will benefit no fewer than 1096 students.
To know more about this organization : Enabling Enterprise