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ENGAGING and Inspiring the next GENERATION through Entrepreneurship

IF WE ACT NOW
...WE CAN PROVIDE LIFE-CHANGING SUPPORT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND HELP THEM REALISE THEIR TRUE LONG-TERM POTENTIAL.

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Are you looking for a different kind of educational experience for your teenager? Our IGNITE Programme offers a unique entrepreneurial education for 16-24 year olds.

We have 100 sponsored spaces on the programme for those in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, with private options available for those not eligible for a funded space.

Get in touch with the team today and we can provide you with more information.

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In the UK, there are currently 591,000 16-24-year-olds not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
The cost of this isn’t simply economic – these individuals are significantly less likely to contribute effectively to society.
Young people are underwhelmed by the opportunity of traditional further education options, particularly if they’re not performing academically.
1 in 5 students (100,000) leave school each year without a basic qualification having spent 15 years in compulsory education.­­

Are you looking for a different kind of educational experience for your teenager? Our Shift Ignite Programme offers a unique entrepreneurial education for 16-24 year olds.

Currently, 590,000* young people in the UK are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). This is often because they are unaware of the opportunities available to them, leading to a lack of inspiration and a disconnect between employers and young talent.

At Shift Ignite, we believe that entrepreneurial activities are key to unlocking young people’s potential and providing valuable life skills, such as resilience, problem-solving, money management, and leadership. Our programme has been designed to support young people who may have struggled with formal education or are unsure of their next steps, providing an alternative route to success.

Through our Shift Ignite Programme, young people will learn the fundamentals of working for themselves and develop a business plan with a go-to-market strategy. By the end of the programme, they will have the skills and knowledge to successfully launch their own business or become better employees for existing businesses.

The programme is available for £2,500 per year, and bursaries are available for those at risk in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to provide your teenager with a valuable and unique education. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

AGED 16-24?

The traditional education route might not be for you. You’ve got ‘fire in your belly’ and ideas in your mind. If so, we’re here to help you make those ideas a reality.

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ARE YOU LOOKING ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE IN YOUR CARE?

Are you looking for a different kind of educational experience for your teenager? Our IGNITE Programme offers a unique entrepreneurial education for 16-24 year olds.

We have 100 sponsored spaces on the programme for those in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, with private options available for those not eligible for a funded space.

Get in touch with the team today and we can provide you with more information.

WHAT'S THE CURRENT SITUATION?

1 in 5 students leave school without a basic qualification after spending 15 years in compulsory education. Right now, 700,000 15-24 year olds aren’t in any form of education, employment or training (NEET), which is a huge problem from every angle for our communities.

Fortunately, this is a problem that can be fixed with the right approach.

The organisations and individuals associated with our learning platform are working their damnedest to help address the systemic long term problems and react to the short term challenges with real solutions that get results.

Take 18 minutes to sit and watch one of the most watched videos on YouTube. Sir Ken Robinson was right 14 years ago and we’re here now offering up solutions to respond to the exact problem he describes.

We’re bringing the innovation and collaborative energy to you – for you, and we want you to come and build this platform with us. We’re in it together.

OUR APPROACH

The Inspire 2 Ignite Team

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AGED 16-24?

The traditional education route might not be for you. You’ve got ‘fire in your belly’ and ideas in your mind. If so, we’re here to help you make those ideas a reality.

ARE YOU LOOKING ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE IN YOUR CARE?

Are you looking for a different kind of educational experience for your teenager? Our IGNITE Programme offers a unique entrepreneurial education for 16-24 year olds.

We have 100 sponsored spaces on the programme for those in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, with private options available for those not eligible for a funded space.

Get in touch with the team today and we can provide you with more information.

Funded places on the Ignite Programme are supported by:

MEET OUR FOUNDER, ALEX HUGHES

“We’ve created a platform with and for young people that best serves their needs and supports their entrepreneurial ambition.

Entrepreneurship’s the most inclusive subject, and we’re helping those Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) realise the endless opportunities available to them through a creative journey.”

Alex himself is a young entrepreneur based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Becoming a father at the mere school age of 14 was the catalyst behind his unrelenting commitment to removing barriers to success for young people.

Attributing his motivation to the trauma of becoming a father early in his life, Alex felt he no longer ‘fitted in’ and the linear, traditional path set for young people simply wasn’t an option for him. The hunger he felt to belong and to prove his teachers wrong were the ‘situational triggers’ which led him to a moment of epiphany; he’d leave education behind and pursue his own path.

Founded in 2018, Alex established Shift Momentum – a consultancy dedicated to the development and growth of individuals, businesses, and communities. Both Shift Momentum and ‘Shifties’ are built on Alex’s impassioned belief in the role that clusters of entrepreneurs can play in both economic and social development.

Most recently he’s has been appointed Chair for the St Neots Initiative, an independent network aiming to promote the area through sustainable, economic, and environmental development and in doing so, making the town a better place to live, work and play.

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THE PLATFORM IS BEING BUILT BY AND SUPPORTED BY:

Alex Hughes, Founder

Becoming a father at the tender age of 14, Alex was often told he wouldn’t amount to much. This early introduction to responsibility planted the seeds for his deep-rooted commitment to social change and youth empowerment. Under his leadership Inspire 2 Ignite has become a beacon of positive transformation, providing a nurturing environment where young people can learn, innovate, and thrive. Alex’s visionary leadership has not only transformed countless lives but also revitalised community interactions, thereby making a lasting impact on the area’s socio-economic landscape. Through his work, Alex continues to demonstrate that with the right guidance and opportunities, every young person can overcome their challenges and contribute positively to society

Hi, I’m Sally, a Business Development whizz building new partnerships, exploring opportunities and helping our CIC grow.​

I am passionate about supporting our community and am a Community First Responder for The East of England Ambulance Service and a volunteer Business Development Advisor for Home-Start Essex.​

I spend a lot of time talking with business leaders who are keen to engage and make a difference but who are frustrated by the lack of opportunity to contribute effectively and unlock the talent around them. I gain enormous satisfaction by introducing them to our team, our Curious Entrepreneurs and like-minded businesses in the region. ​

I have been fortunate in my career to support a range of projects that deliver meaningful social impact, but never one that has inspired and given me hope at this level.​

Excited? If you would like to chat more about how you, too, can help to amplify this social impact, please get in touch.​

Sam Squire, CEO

Formerly aspiring to be a professional footballer, Sam’s career took an unexpected turn when, at 19 years old, he did not receive a contract renewal from Cambridge United. Finding himself NEET after 11 years of dedicating his life to sport, Sam began working with the Cambridge United Community Trust as the Youth Development Officer, where he developed and delivered various programmes to support youth in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. In the last 5 years, he has engaged with 10,000+ young people aged 6-24 in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Milton Keynes. Today, at just 23 years old, Sam uses his personal experience and professional coaching skills to drive significant change and provide strategic direction for our initiatives as our CEO.