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Generating Genius is fortunate to have attracted generous sponsorship from a wide range of blue-chip companies which share our objectives of widening access to elite universities and raising aspiration among talented students from challenging backgrounds.

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SThree Foundation: Future Talent Initiative


The shortfall of workers with STEM skills is estimated to be about 69,000 per year and 53% of employers expect difficulty in recruiting STEM skilled staff in the next three years. Generating Genius and the SThree Foundation are working together to ensure that young people with an interest in STEM are prepared for this future.

With over 30 years experience as a global STEM recruitment specialist, SThree is ideally placed to monitor trends in the jobs market and help young people prepare for entry into the workplace. Together we will work with 50 year 12 students for two years, to give them a realistic insight into the career opportunities in STEM . SThree has committed to providing career insight weeks through their client base, as well as  workshops that will give advice on how to successfully transition to higher education and careers.

Alongside this, Generating Genius will also be offering opportunities for students to participate in academic masterclasses, tutoring, university visits and STEM in Action days that will not only inspire and motivate students to continue to pursue STEM, but also practically support them in achieving their ambitions.

Throughout the programme we will also be addressing diversity within STEM: at least 60% of participants will be female in order to address the current lack of gender balance in the sector. Students on the programme will also represent other groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM including low income families or from a family in which they would be the first generation to go to university.

Find out more about the SThree Foundation here.

Barclays: opportunities for the brightest and best

Our students will now have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to pursue careers in investment banking and the financial services thanks to our partnership with Barclays.

Those selected for the programme will have access to a wide range of opportunities and support from Barclays, including workshops and mentoring.

Barclays head of diversity Mark McLane said: ‘Barclays is delighted to partner Generating Genius on this exciting programme to help young people from disadvantaged and culturally diverse backgrounds prepare for corporate culture and develop the skills needed to succeed.’

Dr Tony Sewell said: ‘We are thrilled that a global corporation of the calibre of Barclays has chosen to become our partner in this project. Barclays really understands the thinking that drives our work with young people and shares our determination to ensure that the best and the brightest have the opportunity to enjoy successful careers in corporate banking and financial services.’

Johnson Matthey: making chemical engineering come alive

Watch this video about Generating Genius students on a course at Johnson Matthey. The students did work far in advance of their school studies and were given an invaluable insight into how academic work can lead to an exciting career.