The DFN-MoveForward programme began as a pilot in Islington, London and Kent in 2017. Following the success of the pilot, the programme has received funding through a Social Impact Bond from the government’s Life Chances Fund, and expanded into the West Midlands in 2018.
Three DFN-MoveForward coaches work with up to 15 students in each location across two to three schools/colleges. Through one-to-one coaching and group work sessions, coaches support young people to develop essential life skills, become more independent and take part in a range of different exposures to the workplace.
The programme has a long-term approach. Young people are enrolled in school during Year 11 and can stay on the programme through to their early twenties. This ensures they are fully supported during the key transition from education into employment, and crucially through the early stages of their working life.
The consistent presence of a skilled coach is complimented by a Business Partnerships Manager who links students with relevant employers to provide work insight days and work experience opportunities. They also support employers to tailor their offer to the needs of young people.
The programme also provides additional training and support for school staff around delivering employability skills to students.