A University of Derby study has concluded that the Legacy Careers Project, a programme delivered by Future Foundations and the London Legacy Development Corporation, has provided schools with an impactful, appealing and cost-effective way of delivering a high quality career education programme. The project, aimed at developing the career aspirations of young people in the four boroughs surrounding Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has therefore been successfully extended.
The pilot programme was externally evaluated by the International Centre for Guidance Studies and was led by Dr Tristram Hooley. The evaluation looked at the work of the consortium led by Future Foundations and supported by Brightside, CC-Lab and the International Centre for Guidance Studies in their delivery of the programme to 770 students from five schools across the four East London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
A high level of learning was observed throughout the programme by the evaluators with 60 per cent of students reporting that their self-confidence had improved, 50 per cent reporting their creativity had improved and 43 per cent reporting that their energy and motivation had improved. Students also stated that they enjoyed the experience and found it a useful programme to be involved in.
The aim of the Legacy Careers Project is to inspire extraordinary careers, drawing on inspiration from the career opportunities that are being created in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. The project enables young people to better understand their career options at the time they are making their academic and career choices and aims to equip them with the information, confidence and motivation they need to plan and manage their own careers.