Class Careers was set up in 2013 by Christos Orthodoxou who, in his then full-time role at Aston Business School, saw a severe disconnect between students and employers: neither were getting what they wanted from the other. After months of planning and drawing lines on bits of paper trying to properly connect one to the other... Class Careers was born!
We're a social enterprise which means we're a business with a social mission. It's our aim to end inequality in careers education in the UK. In short, we're trying to fix the time old problem that some students in some schools get better careers advice than those in other schools. That means, if you go to school in the countryside or by the sea in a rural or coastal school, you're less likely to get visited by bigger employers (because traveling half way across the country is hard to justify for any employer!) meaning some students - quite simply - miss out.
Since 2011, schools have been required to provide careers advice to all students, and yet, have not received any additional funding to put this in place. This has meant that 80% of schools are not providing advice to an adequate standard (Ofsted, 2014). And, employers, despite wanting to recruit school leavers (AGR, 2015) and two-thirds wanting to be more involved in careers advice (CBI, 2011) there is still a great disconnect between the two!
So we set out to change that. Class Careers allows any student the opportunity to engage with an employer - no matter where they live - through the power of online tools. Our online workshops are delivered into classrooms across the country, giving young people the opportunity to chat with a company on a personal, one-to-one basis - getting them real answers to their questions, straight from the employer!
Our service is fully funded by employers and sponsored by IBM so there is no cost to schools and colleges.