The one_for1 social impact model has been at the heart of the Freeformers business model and mission since the company was launched in 2012.
We call it one_for1 because when we register a corporate learner on the Freeformers Platform, we provide a 16-24 year old learner from a less advantaged background with access to the platform for free. This means that all of our business impact is matched by us changing young people’s lives through digital learning and creating a digital economy for all.
Up until the end of 2017, we have made a difference to 4,235 young people aged 16-25 and from less advantaged backgrounds, all for free; helping to transform their lives.
Already more than 50,000 people from our wide-ranging corporate clients have received best-in-class digital learning from Freeformers and this fuels our one_for1 efforts; levelling the playing field by giving them the same opportunity to gain the mindset, skillset and behaviours to play an active part in the future of work.
We believe that through continued learning and online progress tracking they will go on to find further job opportunities they never believed open to them, whether due to their family backgrounds, education or where they grew up.
Throughout the history of one_for1, our online digital learning has played a key part, but it’s not the only way Freeformers has reached young people. Events such as our day-long Upload Live digital festivals, immersive workshops, school assemblies and partnerships with the likes of Radio 1 and Transport for London and The Princes Trust have also taken us to new, young and diverse audiences.
Many of those who have participated in one_for1 have gone on to work at Freeformers, founded their own startups or gained jobs working in technology or IT.
Here’s what some of them have to say...
“My favourite session was Digital Marketing. It was very informative and knowledgeable. The whole Upload Live team are amazing.”
“I found this very useful as I had no idea how to make a website before and now I do, which is helpful for me now and in the future.”
“There is literally so much we can learn being on this programme, from technical skills to interpersonal skills and soft skills… the opportunities feel endless.”
“The coaching nurtured a startup mindset, provided me with knowledge on design thinking, Sprints, presentation skills, people's values and how to implement ideas.”