Youth employment is a problem which has been around for decades. Everybody knows it, but nobody seems willing to do anything about it. With initiatives designed merely to manage the problem rather than solve it outright, it's little wonder we have generations of people who are completely alien to the very concept of work.
Chief executive, The Prince's Trust
The Big Academy's battle plan consists of three I's. Firstly, we aim to innovate; providing new and exciting solutions to age old problems. Secondly, we aim to convince companies and organisations to invest in young people. And thirdly, we aim to inspire young people to achieve. The UK's prosperity tomorrow is inexorably tied to the success of its youth today, and the Big Academy is here to give young people some long overdue and much needed help.
We are most proud of our unique individual and employer profiles. This allows young job seekers to present themselves to employers in a new format, no more one page CVs or even poor quality CVs. As recruitment is a two way street, employers can build a Big Academy profile to showcase the company and attract the best quality candidates.
Meet the Team
Adrian OldfieldChairman & Chief Executive
A self-professed meglomaniac and keen proponent of political incorrectness, Adrian's can-do attitude and experience in the recruitment sector means the rest of us will always have something to do when we shuffle into the office on a monday morning half asleep and grumpy.
Andrew OrmeCommercial Director
With experience in Digital Media and work-based learning, Andrew provides guidance and leadership to the sales team as they work with training providers. Despite his unconditional support for Liverpool FC, his positive contribution to the Big Academy is indisputable.
Luke "The Sheriff" HarrisonCreative Director
The true brains behind the Big Academy and by a complete coincidence the author of this text, The Sheriff is the Big Academy's resident web design guy and all-round genius. Known for turning up to the office in a different sports car every day, Luke is an essential cog in the Big Academy's wheel of creativity.
Barry HarleyLead Web Developer
Simply put, Barry's job at the Big Academy is to keep the website up and running, he deals with all the complicated technical stuff. This isn't always easy, in fact it's almost always hard. Luckily for us Barry relishes the challenge, just don't ask him why your computer isn't working whilst he's at it.
The Big Academy draws heavily upon a network of partner companies to help us support young people and reach our goal of breaking down the walls which traditionally stop them from securing long term employment.