TIN Smart Social

Chichester CollegeLarbert High School

TIN Smart Social’s innovative Positive Destination Programme with one local council provides curriculum-based engagements to deliver tailored career support for hard to reach young people - breaking down restrictive barriers and building the confidence, capabilities and pathways to help them achieve their ambitions.

The programme 

TIN Smart Social’s collaboration with one local council aimed to support a group of Year 11s, (all of whom were outside mainstream education) to feel engaged, excited and empowered about career opportunities and to identify routes into work via further academic study, apprenticeships, targeted vocational training, volunteering, education and enterprise initiatives and work experience. The young people involved required tailored personal support to meet a deeper and broader spectrum of personal and social challenges, including learning, behavioural and physical disabilities and substance and alcohol abuse.

The young people involved had the opportunity to develop, test-drive and assess their employability and ‘ready for work’ credentials and realistically match their talents to the specific demands of local businesses. Thomas assessments (PPA and TEIQue) were used to help the students develop a greater awareness of how they tend to behave, their strengths, areas for development and what kinds of work they may be well suited to.

The outcome

The insight given to us by Thomas assessments enabled us from day one to better understand personal situations and drivers, aspiration and behaviours and use this information with each individual to create a personalised and relevant version of our Positive Destinations Programme for them 

Alex Cole, Chief Innovation Officer, TIN Smart Social.


Alex continues, “The impact is in seeing how these vulnerable learners respond positively to the feedback from these assessments, being open and ready to accept an element of ‘deconstruction’ of where they are with their lives, drawing a line under the past, recognising the value of building on the findings to develop their confidence and sense of self and owning and making changes to their lives, which will ultimately underpin their progression into education, training or work. Thomas assessments are proving critical to the programme’s personalisation. The young people are fascinated and fully engaged.” 

Sue Marston, Head of Business, Employability and Skills, from the commissioning council concludes, “Since the programme started, I have seen a proactive and innovative approach from TIN’s expert practitioners, to engage, enable and empower these young learners and a range of learning situations have been developed to meet different individual learning styles, through a robust but refreshingly different process, that has been unanimously well-received by the students, their parents. The TIN team have invested a great deal of time in getting parents, key workers and parents ‘onside’ to ensure that the young learner is fully supported and encouraged to achieve. The initial psychometric assessment has enabled TIN Smart Social to personalise their Positive Destinations Programme and provide each learner with an aspirational pathway to developing their skills, self-belief and confidence, all of which underpin their potential employability."

Lydia Boucher

Lydia Boucher

Lydia joined the marketing team in 2013 after graduating with a degree in English Literature. She specialises in campaigns and internal communications and loves being able to fulfil her passion for writing in her day job. Outside of work, Lydia enjoys spending her summers at music festivals across Europe.