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Archives for 2014

World Class Interview Training for Saddleworth School!

Published Wednesday 17 December 2014 in News


SkillForce students from Saddleworth School honed their interview skills this month with a world class law firm! Year 11 students from the school in Lancashire joined Clyde & Co, a global law firm, in their Manchester office to practice their interview technique and work on presentation skills. Clyde & Co chose SkillForce to be their Charity of the Year in […]

Beth’s Story on BBC Newcastle!

Published Wednesday 10 December 2014 in News


BBC Newcastle featured a four-minute report on how SkillForce changes lives this week! It coincided with the announcement of a £400,000 grant to our charity from the Department for Education for building character. The radio report includes Beth’s Story, the account of one young woman from the North East who turned her life around, our […]

Community Project for Primary Class in Dorset!

Published Tuesday 9 December 2014 in News


Students from Gillingham Primary School tended to war graves in Gillingham Cemetery, Dorset, this autumn as part of a community project. Led by SkillForce, the class was addressed by David Walsh, Deputy Mayor of Gillingham, about the importance of community projects such as this. The SkillForce programme is running for six weeks and helps the students prepare for the move […]

SkillForce at Think-Tank Event on Character

Published Tuesday 9 December 2014 in News

Camp Out for SkillForce Junior Prince's Award in Norfolk

SkilForce’s Chief Executive spoke at a specially-convened conference in London this week about how building character can boost attainment and achievement in schools. The conference was organised by think-tank, Demos, and the audience included other education and youth charities, government and opposition party representatives and other education opinion formers. Peter Cross, founder of SkillForce 10 […]

SkillForce Joins Two Ticks Disability Scheme

Published Friday 5 December 2014 in News

Two tick scheme on disability

SkillForce is delighted to have been approved as a member of the “Two Ticks” Disability scheme for employing, training, retaining and developing employees with disabilities. Approved by the government’s Job Centre Plus, SkillForce has been approved to act on five commitments:   1. To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a […]

#iwill Says SkillForce!

Published Monday 24 November 2014 in News

24 Hours to make a difference

SkillForce has lent its full support to Step Up to Serve’s #iwill week (24-28 November), boosting the number of young people getting involved in youth social action. SkillForce was delighted to make a pledge to Step to Serve this year: “SkillForce will increase eightfold to 2000, the number of young people on SkillForce programmes engaging […]

Character Boost! DfE Support for SkillForce

Published Thursday 20 November 2014 in News

Primary School

SkillForce has received a government grant of £400,000 to support its programmes to build character and help young people prepare for life. The Department for Education announced the grant this weekend, as part of awards to a number of charities and organisations that use “military ethos” to engage young people, build character, and develop life skills. SkillForce has launched […]

The Duke Attends Our Big Birthday Gala!

Published Wednesday 12 November 2014 in News

Gala Dinner

The Duke of Cambridge attended a special gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday 12th November, celebrating SkillForce’s 10th birthday! Our Royal Patron, Prince William, met three groups of primary school children from Slough, Norwich and Watford – as well as instructors and friends, donors and supporters. The schoolchildren told The Duke about “remembrance” projects they […]

SkillForce Remembers

Published Tuesday 11 November 2014 in News


Hundreds of SkillForce students and instructors from across the country have commemorated Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday this week. From Inverness to Dorset, and from Swindon to Middlesbrough, young people have learned about the importance of remembrance and completed projects in their schools and local communities. Some primary pupils completed their projects as part of the SkillForce […]

East Mids Schools Needed for Apprentice Scheme

Published Monday 10 November 2014 in News


SkillForce is calling for secondary schools in the East Midlands to partner with us in a high-profile cross-Government initiative. Targeted at young people at risk of becoming long term NEET, we are asking for schools to express interest in this fully-subsidised programme by 21st November. The new initiative will contribute to schools’  headline measures and engage participants in the […]


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