It’s the core purpose of our business: to help put people on the path to a better everyday life. One of the ways we do this is through our education programme.
Here’s how we make a positive difference through our support for education.
Who we work with
We support children, young people and adults from disadvantaged areas in their learning as well as providing them with insights into the world of work. In this way, we’re helping to raise aspirations and give them a future in which they’re included in society.
As well as supporting our key education partners, we also work with other partner providers to offer volunteering opportunities to colleagues. These help them to develop their own skills and help us develop a diverse future talent pool for our business.
National Literacy Trust
We support a range of projects that build young people’s aspirations and help them to develop their communication and literacy skills.
As a result, they’re better equipped to succeed in school, at university or in the workplace.
Click here to visit the National Literacy Trust’s website and learn more.
We’ve been proud to support National Numeracy Day for the past four years which helps to raise awareness of the issues around poor numeracy in the UK. The campaign helps people to get started on their journey towards improving their skills and confidence with numbers.
We also support National Numeracy’s ‘community leader’ training programme. Through this, dedicated people across the country are given the tools and knowledge they need to raise awareness in their own communities around the importance of having good numeracy skills.
LATEST NEWS - Supporting National Numeracy's "Checktember"
This September, aka ‘Checktember’, we’ll be working together to encourage people to check their numeracy levels and start improving their confidence and skills with everyday numbers. You can check your numeracy levels by using their free online learning tool.
Social Impact Programme Manager Cathy Prior said, “We’ve supported and donated to National Numeracy for a while now and their a perfect partner for us. As a finance company, numbers are something we deal with every day and so do our customers, who often struggle with maths while working out their finances. Brushing up on numbers can also help us be more confident at work and progress in our jobs. The online learning tool is easy to use and can be done in your own time at your own pace.”
Click here to visit their website.
We’re delighted to partner with this Bradford-based education consultancy, which has developed a bespoke literacy and numeracy programme for schools close to where our head office is based. The programme provides training to teachers in local schools, and improves the quality of teaching so that they can support primary school children who are slower graspers to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and catch up with their peers.
There are many barriers that can prevent a child from even getting to school in the morning. It could be their own personal struggles, or perhaps financial or psychological challenges that their parent or guardian may have. We’re incredibly proud to work with School-Home Support to fund school practitioners and place them into local schools where children and their families need the most support.
Outward Bound Trust
An educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential of young people from deprived backgrounds through learning and adventure in the wilderness. Through this trust and their courses, young people develop essential skills such as self-confidence, resilience, and the determination to succeed.
Ahead Partnership helps businesses of all sizes and sectors to deliver social value projects. These overcome inequality, promote opportunity and deliver positive change within society.
With the help of business volunteers like ours, they help young people build employability skills through activities such as careers panels, mock interview sessions and ‘employ me’ boot camps.
How we helped children and young people during pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic had a big impact on the lives of children and young people across the UK. We were keen to do our bit to support our education partners however we could.
We worked with them to identify their issues and concerns and then adapted the programmes we fund where necessary. They faced many, varying challenges. Some partners were able to bring their programmes online while others like Outward Bound were unable to provide residential breaks. Instead, they took their programme to local schools.
Our committed team of volunteers
As well as supporting our partners as they adapted their approach, around 50 PFG colleagues also volunteered over a hundred virtual hours together. They worked hard to support children and young people in their education during 2020, despite school closures being a big part of the school year.
In 2020, 50 PFG colleagues volunteered over 100 virtual hours.
Their support has helped children and young people to develop their literacy skills and prepare them for the world of work.
Here’s a taster of what our volunteers have been up to:
- Careers panels: Colleagues shared their career journeys, the roles they do and what it’s like to work for an organisation like ours.
- Mock interview sessions: Our volunteers helped students practice speaking about themselves and their strengths before they leave school and move to a real-life work situation.
- Work insight days: Students learned about delivering excellent customer service, renting and buying commercial property and even pitched ideas to our Digital Dragons’ Den.
- Reading Partners: Colleague volunteers helped younger children to practice reading to improve their literacy skills, develop a love of stories and feel confident about their own ability.
PFG HR Business Partner Gill Pinder and Vanquis Solutions Architect Rita Patel both took part in mock interview sessions.
“I found it rewarding to be able to support and give something back to the local community, as well as making a difference to a young person’s life to help prepare for when they leave school.”
“It was great to speak to the young people to understand the challenges they are facing as well as the impact Covid has had on their wellbeing and education itself. It was good to help them build confidence for when they go for real interviews and to enable them to make clearer career choices for the future.”
You can read more about our volunteers here
Do you want to improve your own skills?
Are you just starting out on your career path? A parent trying to help your children with their school work? Or maybe you’re looking to improve your own skills?
We have lots of different resources available that will help you on your journey.
Take a look at our resource hub here