Big Ideas Bridging the Skills Gap

A House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy produced a report in July 2016, the first in three years to raise ‘serious concerns about the quality of careers information, advice and guidance in schools’. MPs say that not enough students are leaving education with the tools to help them consider their future career options.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants state that 8/10 British school-leavers ‘lacked essential business skills’ such as numeracy.

Solutions for the Planet is working to reverse this trend alongside business partners; Tarmac, SGN, Brammer Buck and Hickman, Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, and community partners the Careers and Enterprise Company, Local Enterprise Partnerships, schools and the thousands of students brimming with Big Ideas. Growing in self-confidence, empowerment and aspiration, business mentors help students develop their ideas into achievable business plans that can be kick-started. Students mentored on our programme acquire knowledge, see new pathways ahead, and develop tools that will equip them with the necessary science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skill-set to address some of our 21st century sustainability challenges.