The difference between success & failure is the student who wants to put in & the student who shrugs their shoulders and says ‘I don’t know’. It doesn’t make the second student any less talented who lack potential. They just don’t know why they should bother- and it’s something, sadly, we see too often when we first walk into delivering an InspirEngage Bootcamp.

The moment when they realise WHY they should try- that’s the moment you get to witness what they’re truly capable of. This picture was one of those moments. Delivering an InspirEngage Bootcamp at Harrow College as part of Social Enterprise Revolution- helping the students develop their skills to ensure they’re happy, successful & giving back.

See this in action in this short video capturing some of their journey

Social Enterprise Revolution in the press:
‘UK’s first hands-on social enterprise programme embedded into the curriculum’, What a Mission, Jan 2016 here.

‘Education Secretary Michael Gove visits Harrow College’ and praises Social Enterprise Revolution, This is Local London, Oct 2013 here.

‘Apprentice star Melody Hossaini to coach Solihull business classes’ Birmingham Mail, 4 July 2013 here.

‘Gove on Social Enterprise’ by Melody Hossaini for The Guardian, 28 June 2013 here.

‘Why social enterprise should be at the heart of the BBC’s The Apprentice’, by Melody Hossaini for The Guardian, 5 June 2013 here.

‘Solihull College Become National Pioneers Of Social Enterprise’ September 2013, Business Report here.

‘Solihull College puts social enterprise into curriculum’ – FE News here.

‘Barnet and Southgate College joins the Social Enterprise Revolution’, March 2014 here.

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As the Education Minister introduces his new plans to make students more employable, we argue why we disagree and where the true value of developing life skills of students to be employable, are.

Secondary pupils returning to school last week faced tougher requirements regarding English and Maths. In simple terms, those who fail to score a grade C or above in their GCSEs must continue to study the subjects to the age of 18. Education Secretary Michael Gove has introduced the new rule to make school leavers more employable.

As a skills trainer of life skills and youth engagement expert with 16 years experience of working with young people- I find this infuriating. Let me start off by saying, yes, I absolutely agree that more needs to be done to develop young people’s employability skills and yes, as a part of that, there needs to, almost always, include an adequate level of English and Maths. No one can argue with that.

But here’s my problem with this new policy. At InspirEngage International, our foundation of belief when delivering the skills Bootcamps to young people, is this: The InspirEngage EthosThere shouldn’t be any one measure of success. Yes, every child needs to do the basics and what’s compulsory, however, not every child or young person is in their element in academia. And to subject them to something which they may feel weaker in and not enjoy, can have more damaging effect than good.

Besides, what is the real meaning of employability skills? I recently spoke to a senior at Ernst & Young who interviews applicants regularly. He tells me; ‘If an applicant sits in front of me, and has nothing interesting to say, doesn’t show charisma, then I won’t employ them. Regardless of their academic achievements’. THAT’s employability skills.

When we deliver the InspirEngage Career Clinics, Life Skills Bootcamps or Startup and Stilettos for girls to develop their confidence- the key objective is to support the individuals to discover who they are and where their strengths and passion lies (through ‘My Passport©’) and then develop pathways into work based on this, in a way that’s personal to them. Life skills are key- knowing how to carry yourself, introduce yourself, feel comfortable and familiar with your USP and where your limits lie. Knowing how to engage with different kinds of people, the process to achieve a task, being able to positively influence people- THESE are life skills which make you EMPLOYABLE.

This week, we’re launching Social Enterprise Revolution (@SocEnt_Rev). Imagine a curriculum that:
1) Developed Life Skills of students
2) Allowed you to use those skills to create a job for yourself
3) Which also helped your local community.

Social Enterprise Revolution is a 1 year programme aimed at schools, colleges and Universities (with a strand off that called Primary Revolution @PrimaryRev, for primary schools) which does exactly that. We’re also aware of several other fantastic programmes that support students to succeed, in a way to achieve the true objective.

The policy to effectively force students to continue a path which may actually just break down their confidence and perhaps act as a blockage to a much more suited path, will have an adverse effect on those students, and frankly in my opinion, it’s an easy short-cut. At the same time, students do need to have those basic skills- we propose that the solution be a 2 line-approach with academia and life skills working hand in hand, making the formal curriculum better connected to the real world, allowing students to use and apply their skills.

Tweet us your thoughts @InspirEngage / @Melody_Hossaini and email: for all enquiries relating to programmes mentioned and to join to the Revolution!