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The Burberry Foundation has announced the award of two grants, one to The Careers & Enterprise Company and one to education charity Teach First.

The grants establish a five-year partnership to support young people in disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber. The partnership will aim to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work and raise awareness amongst teachers and students of the breadth of careers available in the creative industries.

Tackling educational inequality is part of the Burberry Foundation’s new strategy, and the grants awarded to Teach First and the Careers and Enterprise company will:

  • Fund the expansion of the Careers & Enterprise Company’s network, giving approximately 40 schools a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser to enhance their careers and employer engagement plans
  • Support Teach First’s partner schools across Yorkshire & Humber
  • Develop a bespoke “creative industry toolkit” designed to highlight and explain careers in the creative industries, which schools can embed into their curriculum

These grants are in line with Burberry Group’s new responsibility agenda, of which a principal goal is to support 1 million people in the communities that sustain the company’s business and the wider luxury industry. Yorkshire is the home of the iconic Burberry trench coat, which is manufactured in Castleford using material produced at the Burberry Mill in Keighley.

Burberry Group will be supporting Teach First teachers and school leadership teams in Yorkshire and the Humber by holding inspiration days and development and coaching workshops. Burberry employees can volunteer to educate local young people about working in the creative industries and the company will also host school visits at its manufacturing sites in Yorkshire and head office in London.

To celebrate the launch of the new partnership, year 10 students at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford met with Christopher Bailey, a trustee of The Burberry Foundation and President and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry Group. During his visit, Christopher spoke to the teenagers about growing up in Yorkshire, how he forged his career in design and the opportunities available in the creative industries. He also met with Principal Luke Sparkes to hear how the school has worked with Teach First to address the challenges facing pupils in the region today.

Our Chairman Christine Hodgson said:

“The Burberry Foundation is leading the way in their investment in young people in Yorkshire and the Humber, supporting our work with employers in the government’s Opportunity Areas of Bradford and Scarborough. Our partnership is exciting as it considers not only the young people themselves but their key influencers and supporters - teachers and the broader community.

We know, from the Education and Employers Taskforce research, that young people who have 4 or more workplace encounters while at school are 86% less likely to be NEET. Partnerships such as these highlight the importance of our work with employers to deliver opportunities to help address social mobility issues.”

Christopher Bailey, a trustee of The Burberry Foundation and President and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry Group, said:

“I am very proud that The Burberry Foundation is involved in this five-year project to support the professional development of teachers in Yorkshire and inspire, motivate and guide more students to consider a career in the creative industries.

It was my art teacher who suggested I send my work to art schools, which was the start of my journey into fashion and ultimately design. It was a real pleasure and a privilege meeting with the pupils and teachers of Dixons Trinity Academy and hearing their aspirations for the future.”

Paul Drechsler CBE, Chairman of Teach First, commented:

“We welcome the opportunity to work with The Burberry Foundation to demystify the creative industries for pupils from low-income communities and to show them new and exciting career paths.

Teach First is proud to work with over a hundred schools in Yorkshire and the Humber and we know that the excellent teachers and opportunities that are provided through partnerships such as this with The Burberry Foundation will go a long way to helping young people raise their aspirations and turn them into reality.”

Find out more

The Burberry Foundation Press Release [PDF]
Our work in Opportunity Areas
The Enterprise Adviser Network