Shaping the future of a new generation and budding inventors

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Inspiring young people is so important and critical for not just their own growth but growth in industry and business. It is therefore key that companies engage with young people from an early stage. This can be via a number of routes via schools and colleges.  We as a company work with a lot of local secondary schools both in workshops and mentoring schemes and it is amazing to see the individuals grow in confidence.

To help nurture the nation's budding inventors, the Your Life campaign, which aims to encourage young people to study maths and physics, has launched a new schools’ competition – Formula 100 – following a successful pilot last year.

Aimed at 11-16 year olds, Formula 100 is a nationwide search for the UK's most innovative and creative young minds. Young people can enter by sending a 30-60 second video explaining "what would you invent and why?' Entries will be judged by leading employers and winners will receive an iPad, £1,000 for their school and get the opportunity to see their invention brought to life.

New research shows that nine in ten (91%) 11-15 year olds come up with ideas and inventions every day, with almost one in ten (9%) claiming to always think of new ideas and inventions.

On average, school children come up with three inventions every day according to the research. This is the equivalent of 116 ideas a second being generated by the nation’s 3.5m school children.

Only four in ten (43%), however, feel supported in making their ideas and inventions a reality.

Girls feel particularly unsupported in helping bring their ideas to fruition – 38% of girls claim they lack the support to make their ideas and inventions a reality compared to 31% of boys.

Businesses and organisations need to encourage teenagers and give them the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work. As a company we actively engage with young people in employment, this is through apprenticeship schemes and university placements so that they learn and develop and we actively encourage their ideas and suggestions for business improvement, which benefits us massively.

A good example of this is ARM’s Cassie Moore who was awarded the ‘Recruitment Apprentice of the Year’ award at the recent REC IRP Awards in London. She was only months away from completing her apprenticeship, so winning ‘Recruitment Apprentice of the Year’ is the final icing on the cake for both her as well as ARM.  We’re proud that ARM IBE’s Ulrika Lawrence was also shortlisted for ‘Recruitment Apprentice of the Year’ at the awards.

We provide them with role models to inspire and excite them so that we can unlock talent and uncover the new ideas. For these ideas to become reality we provide young people with opportunities to explore the world of work, inspire them to unlock their potential and encourage them to think about how their ideas are made real. It's about inspiring the next generation to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Mike Gawthorne, Chief Executive at Serocor

Research and campaign information based on an article as published on Recruitment International (accessed 15 January 2016).