Gen Z call the tune with Warner and the7stars

We were proud to create a powerful insight programme enabling the7stars – the UK’s leading independent media agency – and their client Warner Music Group connect and collaborate with Generation Z – smart 14-18 year-olds who are thinking differently about music and how they want to connect with artists and new releases.

Our programme gave over 40 young people unparalleled access to one of the biggest labels in the world and understand how the music industry works, while empowering them to influence how Warner’s artists and their music are positioned to their generation.

Take a look at the highlights of this inspirational experience…

Visionpath, the7stars & Warner Music – Connecting with Generation Z from Visionpath Education on Vimeo.

We welcome Primesight to SKILL!

6.16 Lucozade BL 96We are excited to welcome Primesight, one of the UK’s leading out-of-home media owners and MediaWeek’s Media Brand of the Year, as a new partner on SKILL! in 2017.

Headquartered in London, Primesight is at the forefront of the out-of-home market, owning the UK’s broadest-reaching OOH advertising estate that delivers highly desirable audiences throughout the nation. Through Primesight’s Airport estate, they reach over 100 million passengers passing through airports including Gatwick, Luton and Stansted every year, giving brands unparalleled access to audiences from across the world.

Naren Patel, CEO of Primesight, said of the new partnership:

“Primesight are excited about partnering with Visionpath to support the great work they do with young people in our communities. This is a great opportunity for our staff to use their experience to mentor young people and develop their own skills and abilities as well.”

Primesight joins other partners on our SKILL! programme including multinational support services group Babcock and leading media agencies Mindshare and the7stars. If you would like to know more about the programme and how your organisation could be involved, please get in touch.

Mentoring the future at SKILL!

Our mentors are vital to the success of SKILL! so we asked Kavita Masih, Assistant Digital Producer at The Box Plus Network, to share her experience of mentoring at SKILL! in July and what she learned about the next generation.

Coming into SKILL!, I previously only had unofficial mentors in my life so the idea of being a mentor for a day seemed somewhat formal, but I also knew how rewarding it could be.

So, off I set to Microsoft HQ one sunny morning in July to spend some facetime with a group of 14 year olds from across London and professionals from some leading businesses, including some of my colleagues at The Box Plus Network.  The set-up meant a small group of students from a London school would spend the day with two or three mentors who’d help them devise and pitch their own product to a panel of industry professionals – my own manager included!

I was teamed up with a group of four girls – each a character in their own right. We had a natural leader as well as some shyer individuals in the group. Being 14 years old suddenly felt like a lifetime ago, but it was an experience for me to try and get into that frame of mind and be able to connect with the girls.

We spent a few minutes playing “ice-breaker” games to get everyone in the group communicating. It’s easy to forget how intimidating new people can seem when you’re only starting out in life.  The girls adapted and eventually opened d up with all sorts of ideas – it was amazing to see how confident and creative young people can be.  There was certainly no lack of talent or motivation with these millennials. I was impressed!

Although my group wasn’t the overall winner of the programme, it was so good to see how hard they tried and how much they wanted to win.

After battling nerves to do public speaking, they aced their presentation and walked off stage with smiles on their faces.  I felt like a proud mum afterwards! Being able to make someone feel good about themselves and give encouragement is a wonderful feeling.

If I could give another person that feeling again I’d do it in a heartbeat!

The Box Plus Network, the UK’s leading music television network, is one of the inspirational businesses partnering with us on SKILL in London.  If you’d like to find out more about becoming a partner and enabling your people to learn and develop from a rewarding experience like Kavita’s, please get in touch.

Going for GOLD – We win at the Corporate Engagement Awards!

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June saw us celebrating our collaboration with leading challenger bank Aldermore, with nominations at the CIPR Excellence Awards – where we were up for Best CSR Programme – and at the Corporate Engagement Awards where last year’s hugely successful Aldermore SKILL! Programme was in the running for Best Alignment of Brand Values and CSR.

Sadly we didn’t win at the CIPRs (but it’s the taking part that counts, right?)  We were up against stiff competition from the likes of Vision Express and Proctor & Gamble, so to be nominated in such esteemed company was serious recognition in itself.  But we were still hoping for that elusive win…

CEA_AWARDS_2016_Winner_RGBAnd it arrived at the Corporate Engagement Awards on 21st June, where we won GOLD in our category!  Patrick from Visionpath was joined by some of the team from Aldermore – including mentors from our 2015 programme – to celebrate our collaboration and bask in the glory of winning a highly-coveted award.  We’re thrilled to be recognised and, as with all these things, it underlines a true team effort across Visionpath, Aldermore and the schools and students who gave so much to our 2015 programme.

To refresh your memory, here are the highlights of the grand final in Aldermore SKILL! 2015.

We’re shortlisted for two more awards!

CEA_AWARDS_2016 templateWe are delighted to announce that our work with partner Aldermore Bank is shortlisted for two awards recognising excellence in CSR programmes and collaborations.

Our work with Aldermore has secured a spot on the shortlist for ‘Best CSR Programme’ in the 2016 CIPR Excellence Awards, up against competition from the likes of Procter & Gamble and Vision Express. The awards are among the most coveted in PR and communications, so we’re very excited to be in the running.  We’ve had our panel interview with the judges so now we’re keeping everything crossed until 8th June when we find out if we’ve won.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we have now been shortlisted with Aldermore for ‘Best Alignment of Brand Values in a CSR Programme’ in the Corporate Engagement Awards; championing the most effective collaborations and partnerships between corporates, public sector, NGOs and the third sector.  You can see the full shortlist here.  We’re in esteemed company!

Added to our recent shortlisting for Social Enterprise of the Year in the Inspiring Herts Awards – winners announced 19th May – it’s shaping up to be a busy awards season.  We’ll keep you posted but, in the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Leading specialist accounting firm joins SKILL! London

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We are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s leading specialist accounting firms as a new partner on this year’s London series of SKILL!, our flagship youth and leadership development programme.

London-based Haberman Ilett is dedicated to providing accounting and financial expertise in the context of disputes, whether they are eventually resolved by negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.  They work with clients all over the world ranging from individuals and privately owned businesses through to listed companies and governments, providing expert accounting and financial evidence in commercial and contractual claims, shareholder disputes, investment treaty claims, competition and anti-trust cases and those arising out of corporate transactions.

Haberman Ilett’s partnership with Visionpath is a cornerstone of the firm’s CSR programme, with SKILL! providing an inspirational and rewarding opportunity for Haberman Ilett’s staff to build their core skills whilst using their time and experience to help young people in the firm’s local communities develop vital skills for the future.

Liz Perks, Partner at Haberman Ilett, said of the partnership:

“SKILL! is the perfect fit for the first of our CSR partnerships and provides a great opportunity for our team to work closely with young people in the community, whilst developing their own skills acting as mentors to these aspiring individuals.”

The firm joins other partners including multinational support services group Babcock, leading music TV network The Box Plus Network and global media agency Mindshare. If you would like to know more about the programme and how your organisation could be involved, please get in touch.

We’re finalists for Social Enterprise of the Year!

Social Enterprise FinalistWe’re thrilled to announce that Visionpath is a finalist for Social Enterprise of the Year at the 2016 Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, in association with the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Imagination Technologies and Porsche.

The Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, now in their third year, celebrate the most inspirational businesses in the region and those organisations championing enterprise education and people development.  Whilst our programmes are delivered across the UK, we enterprise the awards because of our links to Hertfordshire and our work with schools and young people in the region through our talent programmes with leading employers like Incisive Media and Marks & Spencer.

The winners will be announced on 19th May, at an awards ceremony hosted by Porsche.  We’re up against tough competition in our category, with other social enterprises doing great work in Herts and beyond:

A1 Opticians – Providing high-quality eyecare for the housebound across Herts, Beds & Bucks

Herts Independent Living Service – Providing a range of services – including community meals – to help people stay independent, healthy and happy in their homes

The Counselling Foundation – A provider of counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health of communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Muscle Help Foundation – Working tirelessly to fulfil the dreams of children and young people with Muscular Dystrophy

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a win on 19th May, we hope you will do the same!

UK’s leading music TV network joins SKILL!

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We are delighted to announce The Box Plus Network, the UK’s number 1 music TV network made up of channels from The Box and 4Music to Kiss and Kerrang!, has joined our flagship youth and leadership development programme SKILL!

 

SKILL! equips young people from challenging backgrounds with skills and experiences vital for their future success; the ability to communicate, collaborate and think creatively and critically are all attractive to employers. By devising and pitching big ideas that tackle everyday problems, with mentoring from professionals from leading employers, we help young people become more employable and grow in confidence and self-belief.

From small beginnings back in 2008, SKILL! has grown to eight locations across the UK and has engaged over 2,500 young people to date. In London we run a season of programmes annually with a collective of corporate partners in sectors like law, marketing, media and technology, engaging hundreds of young people and professionals and creating an environment where they can connect, collaborate and learn. We are really excited to be working with The Box Plus Network as a new partner in SKILL! London in 2016, alongside existing partners like Affiliate Window, Mindshare and Videology.

Melissa Fretwell, Marketing Director for The Box Plus Network, said:

“SKILL! is a great way for us to get close to our audience, to swap insights and ideas. It also delivers brilliantly against our cause which is about creating opportunities for young people to kick start their careers, from mentoring and work placements to creating as many entry level roles as we can.”

We welcome the7stars to SKILL!

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We are delighted to welcome media agency the7stars as the latest partner in the London series of SKILL!, our flagship youth and professional development programme.

The7stars’s partnership with SKILL! began with our 50th workshop in London in July and will see people across the agency join forces with professionals from our other outstanding partners – including Affiliate Window, Babcock and Videology – to support smart young people in gaining the skills and experiences vital for a successful future.

Since starting life in 2005, the7stars has grown every year since to become the UK’s largest independent media agency with over £147 million in billings and over 100 people based in London.  The7stars uses rigorous planning and campaign strategy to create award-winning work for clients that include Dune, Gumtree, Iceland, P&O, Suzuki and Victoria Plumb.  The agency came third in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in the UK and is listed in The Telegraph’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

We’re really looking forward to collaborating with the7stars this year, helping their people to make a difference to young Londoners whilst building their own core skills.  If you would like to find out more about corporate partnerships in SKILL!, please click here.

Mentoring at SKILL!

square-skill-logo-cropAs Skill! celebrated its 50th workshop recently, we decided to ask one of our partners what it’s like to take part. Here Thomas Greenhalgh, Platform Management Graduate from Videology, gives us an account of his experience mentoring at one of our recent sessions.

Hosted at Microsoft’s offices in Victoria, six of our resident Videologists, along with representatives from Mindshare, Babcock, Affiliate Window and Milbank, were joined by over 50 students from across London for an interactive skills-building workshop.

The aim of the workshop was for each team to pitch a product that they had invented and designed throughout the day. Everyone involved was enthusiastic to participate and put forward ideas, which was great to see but it did offer a really unique challenge for us as mentors to channel the students’ energy and enthusiasm into a realistic and feasible product.

With such a tight time schedule for each task, it was very important to communicate effectively with our teams; to manage their time efficiently by identifying strengths and allocating tasks, such as branding, advertising and financial planning.

The day concluded with each team giving a 90 second presentation to the judges, followed by a short Q&A session from the panel. Even as mentors, it created a real sense of achievement to see your team get up in front of the whole room and deliver a great presentation, having worked right through from the idea stage on the project earlier in the day.

Feedback from the mentors has shown what an overwhelming success the programme has been as all six Videology participants enjoyed the workshop so much they said that they would love to go back again. The mentors felt that this day provided the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills which translate to their day to day work. We really loved the opportunity to manage a team where we helped to cultivate creativity, delegate tasks in order to meet the strict time schedules and develop our communication skills to ensure each member of the group engaged with each activity.

 

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