Can one specialist recruitment agency really make a difference in communities all over the UK? Absolutely! We have been working with a great charity called Founders4Schools. We love the work they do, what they stand for, and the impact they make.

Inspiring students

Founders4Schools is a fantastic organisation that inspires students by connecting them with local business leaders. Their mission is threefold:

  • To inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly evolving world of work.
  • To enable teachers to invite business leaders into the classroom in just four minutes.
  • To facilitate these invitations via a free, dedicated, online platform which connects teachers with leaders of successful growing businesses in their local communities.

Making a difference

Research shows that students who have four student-employer encounters are five times less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and three times more likely to choose a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). To date, Founders4Schools have facilitated 175,204 student-employer encounters and 96% of students felt inspired by the speakers. Students who attend these programs also hear about real-life applications from Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Maths (STEAM) subjects, making a critical link to how learning STEAM directly relates to growing and scaling successful enterprises.

Educational Partnership

As ambassadors for student employability, Founders4Schools and Opilio have facilitated student-employer encounters by enabling teachers to place business leaders in their classrooms. These leaders talk to students about the jobs they might hold or create in the future. Since signing on as a Founders4Schools Educational Partner, Opilio have made it possible for 260 business leaders to have contact with more than 32,000 students all round the UK! Read all about it here. We have also assisted the charity in recruiting stellar digital candidates from back-end Python developers, business analysts, right through to a managing director.

Comments from the Sherry Coutu, CBE, Chairman of the Scaleup Institute and Founders4Schools:

“We needed to scale and grow our business and needed to work with an experienced recruitment business that could partner with us. Opilio were the right recruitment partner for us. The service we received by the team, especially Sheba, was nothing less than exceptional. Their efforts have enabled us to recruit some of the brightest talent for our business.”

Watch the video below to see how the Founders4Schools programme could work in your community.



Sheba Karamat

Managing Director

Sheba specialises in: Director level position in Marketing, eCommerce, Finance and HR.

020 7183 7145


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