Aston University graduate Christos Orthodoxou set up Class Careers with a bold aim: to end inequality in careers education. The business connects employers to young people in school classrooms across the country through live online workshops.
Focusing on school leaver programmes and apprenticeships, Chris aims to raise awareness of the different career paths and opportunities available to young people as an alternative to university. Research has shown that at least one meaningful encounter with an employer reduces the chance of individuals becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training), and Chris knows that this is the key to his business.
By connecting young people directly with employers, Class Careers are able to facilitate meaningful chats and, in turn, raise awareness and drive applications. Chris is currently working with Lloyds Banking Group and PwC, with previous clients including Sky, Pinsent Masons and M&S.
Class Careers has won a number of awards since it was founded, including Baldwin’s £10,000 Kickstart Youth Entrepreneur Award, BSEEN Social Impact Award and the SE ‘Passion’ category award from Social Enterprise West Midlands.
Over the next year, Chris aims to secure investment to support further growth and expansion. Currently a part of UnLtd.’s Big Venture Challenge, he has the support he needs to scale the enterprise with matched funding of up to £100,000. Chris will continue to expand his network to open up the Class Careers opportunity to higher numbers of schools and young people, and is grateful for the support he has received from BSEEN and various partners to turn this idea into reality.