FastFutures for young people

FastFutures is a programme designed and launched by Blenheim Chalcot to increase the employability of young people from diverse backgrounds by preparing them for the digital workplace. FastFutures was built in 10 weeks last summer in response to the dire situation faced by young people, as a result of the COVID pandemic. The programme provides a unique blend of online and virtual learning across Data, Digital Marketing, Finance, and Innovation, alongside real case studies, team project work, as well as mentoring by professionals.

FastFutures has received over 11,000 applications since August. 1,000 learners graduated from the programme in December and another 1,100 started in January. Applicants are assessed for cognitive skills and behaviours, rather than background or education, in an unbiased process which has produced high levels of diversity: 47% BAME; 55% lower socio-economic background; 61% female; 10% LGBTQIA; 7% have a disability or learning difficulty.

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