Free technology lessons for educators, parents and carers!
Tech We Can is a set of free lesson plans designed to be taught to both boys and girls. Originally set up to be taught by teachers in the classroom but now available to parents and carers for teaching at home.
The lessons are all mapped to the National Curriculum and are structured, fun learning packs all about technology careers and seeing the use of technology in everyday lives. #TechWeCan learning packs are now also available online for parents and carers to teach young people about tech careers at home. Download the learning and guidance materials here.
The Talent Foundry is committed to supporting schools with the resources that they need during the Coronavirus crisis. On this page you will find a variety of freely accessible educational resources from The Talent Foundry and our partners, which can be shared with parents, carers, or students themselves. We will be adding resources on a regular basis so do check in regularly to see what's new.
LifeSkills has recently launched new content to support students looking for work experience over the summer, and beyond, who may find it harder to access such opportunities at the moment. The content helps students get remote work experience from home by using the LifeSkills virtual work experience simulation tool, viewing a broad range of industry films and completing interactive worksheets.
The new content includes:
A new animation outlining the core transferable skills that are needed in the workplace
An independent learning activity encompassing short films and an interactive worksheet that explores a wide variety of jobs, supporting young people to develop the skills they will need in the workplace
An online lesson film which explains what skills are needed to work in financial services, a variety of financial terms and the range of careers involved in this sector, from Customer Experience to Product Management
A set of films where students get the opportunity to hear from five Barclays employees, learn about their diverse roles, and just how important core transferable skills really are
The Powering Transformation: The Big Idea project is a free downloadable resource created by The Talent Foundry with Dell for educators, parents and carers.
The project is fun and engaging and will support the independent learning of students by encouraging them to develop their factual knowledge, self-discipline, attitudes to learning and problem solving skills.
Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge of:
Social issues in their community
Business studies and business plans
The Big Idea project can be easily downloaded for use across a wide range of secondary level age groups and can be adapted for differing abilities. Simply follow the link here to access the free materials!
The Talent Foundry and KPMG are pleased to offer educators, parents and carers access to the KPMG WorkReady project!
As a business, KPMG uses technology to solve problems on a daily basis and this will only evolve as children reach working age. This project aims to encourage children to think about the role of technology in the future world of work through a range of fun and insightful activities.
These resources have been adapted from the existing KPMG WorkReady programme which has been running in schools. They can be downloaded for use across a wide range of secondary-level age groups and can be adapted for differing abilities.
To download this free resource, please fill our short registration form which can be found here.
Final student projects can be submitted here for feedback!
During lockdown, a series of free weekly live lessons were held every Tuesday to support teachers, parents and carers with home-schooling. Each free lesson for students (aged 10-13 years old) had a different theme and aimed to inspire children to consider a future career in technology.
The resources are still available to watch on-demand. Each lesson is approximately 20 - 30 minutes long, and are followed by a challenge to complete in the hour or so after the lesson. These lessons are fun and informative and look at the use of technology in our everyday lives and link into future career paths for the students, with topics covered ranging from manufacturing & engineering, to retail, food and the environment.
All you need to do is register with your details to catch-up on everything covered and to gain access to the supporting PowerPoint resources used.
The James Dyson Foundation has added a range of new, free, downloadable resources to support home schooling requirements at the current time:
Engineering Solutions: Air Pollution – This resource has been designed as a student pack to support both Science and Design & Technology at Key Stage 3 and 4. It aims to help students understand how engineering can solve global problems, focusing on the problem of air pollution. Through creative activities, videos and worksheets they will learn what air pollution is, analyse air pollution data and learn how the Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan works as a solution to indoor air pollution.
Challenge Cards – 44 simple STEM challenges that are perfect for all age groups and easy to complete at home.
The Engineering Box – Ideal for secondary schools, students take apart a Dyson machine, identifying design clues, to understand the engineering thinking behind how – and why – it works. It's ideally suited to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, but can be adapted for any classroom.
Online workshops – The James Dyson Foundation has a pre-recorded prototyping activity for Key Stage 3 students which consists of a 20-minute presentation about Dyson and their design process. This is followed by a hands-on activity that students can work on at home. Please get in touch if you would like to use this.
Dream Bigger is a fully funded programme focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16-18 year old females across the UK.
The aim is to drive confidence in preparation for the future world of work and impact the percentage of women who intend to start and actually start a business.
By engaging with Dream Bigger, students will:
Broaden their career horizons and develop awareness of entrepreneurship as a possible future career
Develop future skills and capabilities, leading to increased confidence and resilience
Bridge the gap between education and the workplace, preparing for the future world of work
Develop awareness, understanding and self reflection of themselves and others
Find out more here.
Learn core concepts and skills necessary in today's selling environment—from negotiation and closing strategies to selling with authenticity. Recognize that selling is a partnership. Develop your sales skills, people skills, and ability to create emotional engagement and earn the trust of others!
Free until March 31st 2021, LinkedIn are offering this fantastic sales representative course for school leavers, with over 7 hours of content across 8 learning modules.
Learn how you can be a trusted partner in the sales process.
Identify negotiation and closing strategies that suit you.
Develop and hone your interpersonal, or "soft," skills.
When you’re done, you’ll have earned a certificate of completion which will be a fantastic addition to your CV.
Find out more about the free course here!
To start the free course, click here.
BT Stand Out Skills is providing unmissable, completely free support to anyone looking for work. From videos and task sheets to webinars and tips, the materials are fun and easy to use and don’t take long to do. You can dip in and out - or use all the resources across the full 28 day challenge!
BT Stand Out Skills has what jobseekers need for every stage of their search. It offers support to help young people discover their potential, make their own luck, and write job applications that can stand out from the crowd, as well as advice on how to interview with confidence and stay resilient through it all.
BT has also teamed up with presenter Anita Rani, comedian Iain Stirling and drag queen Divina Di Campo who will be sharing advice on how to stand out, based on their own careers. Watch here to see their introduction to the campaign!
To access BT’s free must-have tips, resources and advice to help you stand out in your job search visit BT.com/StandOutSkills
The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an award-winning programme that is helping people around the world to develop digital and enterprise skills for FREE through iDEA.org.uk - a learning platform which offers bite-size, interactive modules that you can try on any device, anywhere you can be online. You will earn a digital badge, and points for every module that you complete on iDEA.
Once you’ve got going, you can download, print and share a portable, digital ‘career passport’ known as the iDEA Record of Achievement. With enough iDEA points, you can win industry-recognised Awards that will help you to stand out from the crowd. Bronze is beginner level, Silver is intermediate and Gold is advanced.
There is a huge range of iDEA badges to choose from, just pick one that interests you and get started!
The Talent Foundry and Dell Technologies have been working together for a number of years to help young people reach their full potential, and share in the common good. As part of the Dell Progress Made Real plan, we run a range of programmes based on the idea that technology should be a driver of human progress.
On the page, you will be able to access key virtual opportunities and resources, and hear directly from Dell professionals - all valuable activities for helping your school achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks. Click here to explore what is available, and please don’t hesitate to contact the Schools Liaison team if you have any questions or would like to request further information.
This a new digital platform, created in partnership with M&G plc, which builds on our long-standing mentoring programme Skills for Life which has been running for six years, and is designed to help young people consider their futures and how best to achieve their goals.
On the platform you will be able to access a full suite of activities that can be completed independently by students or in a classroom setting, as well as view original videos from M&G professionals covering a range of key employability topics - making it a valuable resource for young learners and teachers alike!
Click here to explore the platform and contact us to find out if your school is eligible for access to bonus features such as student CV reviews, facilitator-led programmes delivered by The Talent Foundry, virtual mock interview sessions and more!
This Masterclass series was designed as part of the wider Inspire US programme in which young people from sixth forms across the country develop their leadership and teamwork skills to work on a campaign tackling a local social issue in their community.
Week by week, our panel made up of different experts in the fields of American politics, government, media and education took hundreds of students through complex issues important to voters leading up to the US Presidential election on 3rd November 2020, issues as diverse as race, jobs and the economy and the media and its relationship to the Presidency.
Click here to explore the Inspire US Masterclass series library, and please contact us to find out if your sixth form students are eligible to take part in future Inspire US programmes.
The Talent Foundry and KPMG have been working together for a number of years to help young people reach their full potential, and become WorkReady.
On this page, you will be able to access key facilitated opportunities and downloadable resources, and hear directly from KPMG professionals - all valuable activities for helping your school achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks. Click here to explore what is available, and please don’t hesitate to contact the Schools Liaison team if you have any questions or would like to request further information.
Activities in the downloadable WorkReady workbook include:
Identifying emerging technologies
Exploring how technology can solve a range of different problems
Responding to real-life KPMG client briefs
To download this free resource, please fill our short registration form which can be found here.