Imagine a place where it doesn’t matter where you come from. Where anything is possible and you’re given all the encouragement, skills and support you need to get to where you want to go. Yeah, we like the sound of that place too.
We’re Positive Footprints and we’ve been raising the aspirations of children and young people since 2012. Positive Footprints was set up to close the skills gap in the UK and open up the world of work.
Children as young as seven make career decisions based on people they know. They also begin to form stereotypical opinions around certain careers. For some children, this can have a huge impact on their future aspirations, and they rule out certain careers before leaving primary school. We’re here to change that.
We believe that everyone has the right to do what they love and should be given every opportunity to succeed, so we worked with government bodies, the education sector and industry and business leaders to produce careers guidance programmes that enable children and young people to discover their potential, build resilience, develop employability skills and explore the world of work.
In addition to classroom-based learning, career carousel events bring businesses and schools together, opening up the world of work and making a real difference to the aspirations of young people.