Our Programmes

Thank you for your interest in the Transformation Trust!  

All of our programmes are fully-funded and come at no monetary cost to schools. We rely entirely on the support of the private sector to make a difference to the lives – and futures – of young people who need that extra help.

Unite US 2018

We are delighted to offer a very exciting programme fully funded by the US Embassy, Arcadis and the Transformation Trust. Unite US, isa programme targeted at sixth form students who have an interest in politics. Culminating in a fully funded study tour to Washington DC in the summer, the programme is for sixth-formers who are either studying politics at A Level, or want to study politics or a similar discipline at university. We would be delighted if you could share this information with your head of sixth form and head of politics.

For more information on Unite US go to: www.unite-us.co.uk


Barclays LifeSkills is divided into three modules: People, Work, and Money Skills. As the teacher you can decide which would be most beneficial to your students and how best to deliver, for example in lessons, as facilitated workshops or as self-directed online learning by students:

  • People Skills is available to 11-19 year olds to develop the key skills sought by employers, including self-awareness, self-confidence and personal presentation.
  • Work Skills is for 11-19 year olds helps students embark on their career journey, developing their knowledge and understanding of career paths open to them.
  • Money Skills for 11-19 year olds educates students on how to make effective decisions around spending and saving as well as planning.

Please email cate.smith@transformationtrust.org.uk for more information on how you can get fully-funded, fully-facilitated Barclays LifeSkills workshops at your school.

For more information on Barclays LifeSkills, visit: www.barclayslifeskills.com

Big Energy Efficiency Project

The Big Energy Efficiency Project is a great initiative for secondary schools, developed by the Transformation Trust and EDF Energy.

The initiative aims to catalyse an interest in STEM-based careers and develop competencies in this area of study. Students work in teams to develop their own energy efficiency campaign and then vote for the best campaign from their school.  The winning campaign is then entered into a regional competition. Across the eight regions, we will be awarding a total of sixteen winners (two per region) who will each receive a day trip to one of EDF’s Power Stations.  There will be eight runners up (one per region) who will each receive £50 in science equipment vouchers

After taking part in The Big Energy Project last year: 92% students feel they have learnt something new; 76% agree they work better with other people and; 74% feel more motivated to continue their studies at college or university. The activity runs for 6 weeks, though is flexible and schools can run for slightly less time if preferred.  

Please note - this programme has now finished for this year. 

Powering Transformation and Powering Potential

Powering Transformation: 

Powering Transformation is a fully funded, one day programme developed by The Transformation Trust, and supported by Dell. This exciting programme will provide the opportunity for a school to send 60 students in Years 7-9, to take part in a workshop using the latest Dell technology in a creative and interesting way to engage with the world around them.

The workshop will be hosted at a university near your school, giving your students the invaluable experience of visiting a university and spending time on university premises. Furthermore, students will have a guided tour by current students and staff, in the hope of breaking down some of the barriers students may face when making the decision on whether or not to apply for a place on a university course.  

Please contact cate.smith@transformationtrust.org.uk for more information. 


Powering Potential: 

The Transformation Trust has partnered up with Dell to offer your students an innovative programme of employability workshops for Year 12 students. The programme features six fully facilitated workshops, which focus on developing your students’ core employability skills to help with their next steps after education. 

The workshops will take place at two of Dell’s offices (Bracknell and Brentford), providing students with an opportunity to see for themselves what it is like to work for one of the largest technology companies in the world. Courtesy of Dell, the programme is fully funded however places are limited to twelve students per school.

Each session will be facilitated by a Transformation Trust facilitator, feature inspiring insights from Dell leaders and provide opportunities for students to work with mentors across a range of professions and backgrounds from Dell.

The programme includes the following workshops:  Initial Introduction, Thinking About My Future, Building My CV, Body Language and Communication Skills, Networking and Introducing myself, Preparing for the Interview, Interview Practice and Graduation.  

PLEASE NOTE: This Programme is now full for 2017-18.  To register your interest for future programmes or for more information, please contact Nicola Thomas by e-mail on nicola.thomas@transformationtrust.org.uk


Mediacom & Me

A seven-session programme designed for sixth formers from across London, with a focus on attracting more participation among BAEM students. The fully facilitated sessions will see the students working with mentors from across MediaCom, working on a number of creative challenges that represent the different disciplines from within the agency. Each workshop will encourage the students to think about their core attributes and competencies and how these can be utilised in the job market. The end result is to build a cohort of confident and capable students, furnished with the knowledge they need to make the transition from school to the job market.

Registration for the academic year 2017/2018 has now closed. 

To register your interest for future programmes or for more information, please contact Nicola Thomas by e-mail on nicola.thomas@transformationtrust.org.uk

Royal Navy Ratings Compass Challenge

This programme offers your students the opportunity to engage in four gripping workshops at either a Royal Navy base in London or in Portsmouth. The Challenge concludes with a fifth and final unique immersive experience of real Royal Navy life with an overnight stay on HMS Bristol in Portsmouth!

Ratings Compass Challenge has been designed to bring leadership and teamwork skills to the fore. Using the four points of the compass, each session will focus on a scenario that requires students to use their problem solving skills.  In teams of five, supported by a Rating Mentor, students will work through these real-life scenarios, culminating in a presentation of their scenario to the wider group.

Each of the sessions would be fully facilitated by TT, using one of our many experienced educational leaders.


PLEASE NOTE: This Programme is now complete for this year.  To register your interest for future programmes or for more information, please contact the trust by e-mail on info@transformationtrust.org.uk




Skills for Life - Prudential

Developed by the Transformation Trust, Skills for Life is a fully facilitated group mentoring employability programme for year 12 students that will run for a third consecutive year from November 2017 until the end of March 2018. 

Students work with mentors from the international financial services provider, Prudential PLC at their Head Offices in Central London, to explore students’ strengths and areas for development and how best to communicate these when applying for jobs, university or apprenticeships.  Students go through a series of interactive activities to understand topics such as communication skills and body language and making a CV stand out.  Students make a pledge at the end of each session to commit to how they will use the tools they learned about.

86% of students who took part in a previous programme felt better prepared for life after sixth form after taking part in the programme:

“I have got so much more confident and more passionate…It has been a great opportunity” 

“It has prepared me much more for future jobs and interviews” 

PLEASE NOTE: This programme is now full for 2017-18 but if you would like to register your interest for future programmes, please contact Nicola Thomas nicola.thomas@transformationtrust.org.uk for more information. 

Perfectly Pret

The Transformation Trust and Pret have teamed up to offer Perfectly Pret. This is an exciting, supported phased programme for both KS4 and advanced KS3 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students. The programme will give children an amazing opportunity to create a brand new quality sandwich product. Schools will compete to create the best product, with the winners invited in to Pret’s Head Office in London Victoria to prepare and pitch their lunch item. Curriculum linked schemes of work and support materials are provided for the programme, giving your school the option of fully integrating and applying the content into your students’ GCSE studies, or running it as an extra-curricular based activity.

For more information please contact amy.leonard@transformationtrust.org.uk

Which? Junior University

What is Junior University?

Junior University is a programme for Year 10 students that involves pairs of undergraduates from a local university coming in to your school to run six hours’ worth of a university-style project with your students. The programme culminates with the students visiting the university for a Celebration Day.

50 schools will be taking part nationally.

What are the aims of Junior University?

While university is not for everyone, Junior University will give students a real flavour of what university life is really like by working side by side with undergraduate mentors.

Alongside the free, independent information from Which? University, we hope Junior University will provide Year 10s with the support, confidence, and information they need, and enable them to make the right decision for them.

Our overall aim is to raise students’ aspirations, with the view to opening up their horizons and demonstrating the opportunities that university brings.

The Programme will run over the academic year atvarious Universities across England.  
Please note - this programme has now finished for this academic year.  To register your interest for a future progamme please contact the Trust on info@transformationtrust.org.uk

Inspire US 2016

Repeating the internship programme run by TT in 2012, Inspire US 2016 was the opportunity of a lifetime for twenty sixth-form students as they travelled out to the notorious swing-state of Florida and worked alongside experienced campaigners during the final two weeks of the US elections.

Whilst in Florida, the students attended a ‘campaign school’ every morning where they learnt about how successful campaigns had been run in the past.  They spent long days out and about campaigning and encouraging as many people as possible to vote.  In total, the group engaged with more than 20,000 voters whilst out in Florida before the polls closed.

They learnt about how technology plays a massive role in modern campaigning, learnt about the importance of effective organisation to ensure that every voter is reached and took part in telephone campaigns (in addition to door to door canvassing), trying to engage with as many people as possible.

In addition to campaigning, they also attended a rally with the Democrat’s VP candidate, Tim Kaine, and saw Joe Biden in action at a rally. They also had a meet and greet with Marco Rubio, the Republican senator for Florida and heard speeches from many high profile, inspirational and influential people at various events.

Many of the students felt that the high point of the trip was being given the opportunity to attend the  Obama rally in Kissimmee, with Stevie Wonder as the President’s warm up act.  Having stood in line for over four hours, the students were in prime positions in the rally and a couple of the group even managed to shake his hand. 

The programme was deliberately designed to be for sixth-form students who have a passion for politics, and who want to go on to read politics – or a related discipline- at university.

After spending twelve nights in Florida, the group flew to Washington DC for a meeting with one of Obama’s advisers in the Executive Office Building next door to the White House, and also a private meeting with the UK Ambassador. 

Here are some of the comments made by the Students who came on the trip: 

This trip has honestly transformed me as a person, instead of saying no to new things I've learnt to say yes and to be bit more confident in my skills and abilities. This trip has alone taught me a lot more about politics, campaigning and in general life skills: how to cook, network, live with new people and to be independent’.

 ‘The Inspire US programme is the best thing I have ever done and I could not thank the whole team enough for this amazing opportunity!’ 

 ‘These past 2 weeks have been the most rewarding and eye opening days of my life so far. I have become a more confident individual, and the experience has enabled me to aim for things I'd never imagined before. The skills we have gained from the canvassing and working on campaigns is something so unique to this trip and will surely benefit me in the future. The contacts we have made and the people we were able to talk to has opened up a world of opportunities for me and I cannot be more grateful. The people I have met are genuine and kind and I will stay in touch with them for a long time, for sure. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am SO glad I got to be a part of It’.

All the students reported that they have deepened their knowledge and understanding of key political issues.

‘This programme has given me so much. Knowledge, experience, self-worth, inspiration. I genuinely had the most amazing time, really a once in a lifetime experience. I leant so much about the American political system but for me, the most important thing is that I leant how important politics is’.

In addition, through the campaigning and the debates, students were able to develop their critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and communication skills. 

‘Inspire US has a place for everyone. It's a safe place to find yourself and your values. It makes you challenge your thoughts and ideas through healthy debate and exposure to challenging circumstances. The programme really tapped into the more independent and critical aspect. I feel confident about approaching challenges with an open mind and enthusiasm. Finally, the programme has helped me make lifelong friends that will continue to inspire my future endeavours’.

Watching Obama in particular was the most inspiring experience and made me realise that with hard work and determination, it is possible to achieve your goals. The people and the atmosphere within the group made the trip even more worthwhile and enjoyable due to the encouragement that we gave to one another. This trip has also enabled me to improve my communication skills and made me realise how important and interesting politics is. Most importantly, I am now motivated to take more of an active role in campaigning in the UK to make sure that myself and others make a powerful impact when and where it matters’.

Finally, whilst on the programme, the students were invited to write a daily blog for the Times Educational Supplement https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/schools-campaign-trail, providing a daily digest of all their activities. 

We hope to be running a similar programme in the future.  More details will be available soon.