Enabling Enterprise (now rebranded as Skills Builder Partnership) is an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise, set up by a team of teachers in 2009. Our mission is to equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life.

Without a balanced approach to academics and life skills, young people will be ill equipped for the next stage of their lives – a fact reflected in the growing youth unemployment rate, and summarised in a Sunday Times headlines as “schools are churning out the unemployable”.

We work in partnership with over 120 top businesses including PwC, Virgin and Hamleys to bring the world of work into the classroom through a combination of lesson-time projects, challenge days and trips to our business supporters.

We work with children and young people from the age of 4 through to 18 year-olds in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Over the last year, we worked with over 67,000 students across England. The impact is profound – we’re proud that 96% of teachers see progress in their students’ skills that they attribute to Enabling Enterprise. Alongside that, our skills assessment shows our programmes putting students back on the trajectory for success.

Alexandra used her experience applied it to my own situation really effectively. She was clear with her advice, having listened well to the needs of my organisation. I have taken part in many other mentoring programmes and this is not always the case!

Alice Faulkner, Head of Programmes at Enabling Enterprise