InvestIN is committed to closing the skills gap by providing free employability training to help students achieve their dream career. Social impact is at the heart of what we do.
We run a mentorship scheme for students from underrepresented backgrounds, offer paid termly volunteering days for our staff and run regular charity initiatives and competitions to raise money for causes that align with our values.
Read on to learn more.
We want our life-changing career experiences to be accessible to everyone. That’s why we offer bursary places on our live online weekend programmes for students whose financial situation would prevent them being able to attend otherwise. We are thrilled to have given out over 1000 bursary places in this academic year alone, and look forward to continuing our work with our Partner Schools to extend this service. Bursaries cover 100% of the programme fee and are funded by us.
Find out more about our bursaries.
Bursaries given this year alone
It was extremely enjoyable and there was lots of useful information from industry professionals... I would definitely recommend this course.
Sophie, The Young Vet Summer Experience 2021
A genuinely beneficial experience. Whether you're already an entrepreneur or thinking of becoming one, this course is a great idea. Definitely recommend it.
Nidal, The Young Entrepreneurship Summer Experience 2021
This course completely exceeded my expectations… We did a murder trial, negotiations, human rights law, career coaching and so much more. I now know I will be pursuing law in my future.
Amelia Hanspaul, The Young Lawyer Summer Experience 2021
As part of our drive to help the next generation succeed, we set up the InvestIN Mentorship Scheme. We designed this initiative to give ambitious students from underrepresented backgrounds a headstart in their dream career.
Each of our staff members worked in a 1:1 capacity with their mentee, tailoring their support to suit the student’s needs. Some students received help with CV building and job applications, whilst others worked on programme applications and improving their interview skills.
The scheme has so far produced some fantastic results and we’ve had brilliant feedback from our mentees and their teachers. Senior Programme Manager Elle helped her mentee Aba to apply for a Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Programme in Berkhamsted. We were thrilled to hear that application was successful - congratulations Aba!
I have really enjoyed the sessions with Elle and would’ve loved them to run for longer... I really liked how Elle tailored the sessions towards what I wanted to achieve. Having a mentor who is quite close in age has been great as I have felt much more comfortable expressing myself.
Aba Sharman, Student, Hemel Hempstead School
InvestIN mentoring blew my expectations out of the waters. The sessions we had taught me more in an hour than I could teach myself in a week. Sagana wished to help me as much as possible, whether it be my CV, my cover letter or even things about school. The help I received from Sagana will stick with me far longer than I would have expected and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity.
Rhys, Connah’s Quay High School
Charity partnerships play an important part in our mission to close the skills gap and improve social mobility. Any charity that chooses to become a partner will enjoy a range of benefits, including:
A 15% discount on any bookings they wish to make for students from financially underrepresented backgrounds
Their charity details displayed on our website and the opportunity to share us on theirs, should they wish to
Collaborative initiatives on social media
Bespoke presentations (in person or virtual) on key employability skills and more for the young people they work with
The opportunity to take part in our programmes and/or events, with the option of donating their fee to put towards further InvestIN places for bursary students
If you’re interested in becoming a charity partner, or just want to know more, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve run a number of exciting charity competitions designed to engage our students whilst raising money and awareness for the causes we’re passionate about.
My Peaceful Place: InvestIN’s Young Photographer Competition (Autumn 2021)
In honour of Stress Awareness Week 2021 (1st-5th of November), we asked students to send us a photograph they’d taken that represented their peaceful place.
We were bowled over by the response: we received over 3,500 remarkable images depicting everything from peaceful lakes to mountainscapes. As a result, we donated £2000 to Stem4, a fantastic charity that works to promote positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them.
Our winner was Samuel from Barton Peveril College, whose beautiful photo, Tranquillity Trapped in a Glass Ball, conveyed a palpable sense of stillness and serenity.
Click here to see the winning photo and the final shortlist.
Writing to Reflect: InvestIN’s Summer Writing Challenge (Summer 2021)
To celebrate National Writing Day (23rd June) and encourage reflection after a difficult year, we asked students to submit a creative writing piece detailing a skill or life lesson they’d learnt over the pandemic that would positively impact their future.
More than 800 students from all over the world responded to our challenge, helping raise £825 for UNICEF, whose groundbreaking work helps children across the world access essential education.
Shortlisted entries were judged by award-winning spoken word poet Kayla Feldman. She selected Kandace from South Island School as her winner, whose timely and thoughtful piece Dear Racist Neighbour is well worth a read!
Click here to view Kandace’s entry and the final shortlist.
The Young Innovators Challenge (Summer 2020)
In 2020, we challenged students to come up with a bold new idea to transform virtual learning in a school activity of their choice. For every entry, we made a donation to The Childhood Trust’s ‘Champions for Children’ charity, who supported vulnerable children affected by Covid-19.
charity competition submissions this year
We run a series free-of-charge events for teachers, parents, students and professionals covering key employability skills. You can see details and register for our upcoming events below.
Through our events, we aim to provide crucial knowledge and experience to bridge the skills gap between education and industry. All of our events are run alongside industry-leading professionals who offer a vital insight into their careers as well as top tips, advice and techniques to accelerate students’ career journeys.
% of the students who attend our programmes are BAME
% of the students who attend our programmes identify as female
% of our summer experiences include a dedicated EDI session
% of professionals on our panels identify as female
At InvestIN, we strive to create an inclusive, respectful and representative environment, both on our programmes and within our company. We understand there is much to be done to make this country’s workforce fair and inclusive. We seek to play our part in every possible way so we can help bring about impactful change.
We therefore include expert-led equality, diversity and inclusion sessions on each of our summer experiences. Through realistic, interactive scenarios we teach students how to foster inclusivity and dismantle barriers in their future workplace. Students also receive in-depth guidance and feedback from specialists in the area.