As ThinkForward approaches our fifth anniversary we have made some changes to our delivery. ThinkForward’s progression coaching programme was designed and created by the Private Equity Foundation in 2010 and to start effective delivery of the programme on the ground in 2011 they chose Tomorrow’s People as their delivery partner. Tomorrow’s People’s experience as a national employment charity delivering NEETs focused employment programmes helped ThinkForward pilot our programme in an initial three schools and to expand to a further seven as part of a social impact bond with the Department for Work and Pensions.
Since then over 1400 young people have benefitted from the support of Progression Coaches in fourteen schools in Islington, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
During ThinkForward’s first five years the programme became an independent charity, we have also strengthened our programme design, performance and evaluation and created central functions including fundraising, communications, HR and finance. At the end of our contract with Tomorrow’s People, we took the decision to in-source delivery staff to strengthen the links between programme development and delivery and to aid national expansion.
Employees who previously worked on ThinkForward for Tomorrow’s People will be transferred to the ThinkForward charity on July 1st 2016. Delivery on the ground will remain unchanged and participants will continue to receive the same high quality coaching and support that they have always received.
ThinkForward will always be hugely grateful for the important role Tomorrow’s People has played and looks forward to continuing to work together, through representation on ThinkForward’s Advisory Board and in collaborating on future initiatives and projects.