Thursday, 29 November 2018

Open up the world of engineering to your students

Jane Austin, Head of Engineering at Network Rail explains how LiketoBe is helping her and Network Rail to inspire the next generation of engineers.

I have supported and wanted to be involved with LiketoBe because there are just not enough girls and boys who want to become engineers, the simple point is we need more of our younger generation to want to be engineers and how can we be part of making this change. LiketoBe is a great opportunity and way to be able to encourage children to become engineers.  Why, because they will have access to qualified engineers that can answer and support their questions and enable them to understand what engineers really do.

We need to help the education departments, as not many teachers have ever been an engineer, therefore are they really promoting it and if they are, how are they promoting it?  The point is I do not think our younger generation really understand what these jobs are, what can an engineer do, what is available to them and the variations, as you could be a Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Railway, Aeronautical and many more. This is the perfect way to benefit schools, because the children can ask questions and obtain real time answers from engineers who are undertaking these roles and we can also post what we do from a day to day perspective so that they start to understand more about what an engineer can do.

The teachers can use this information to set workstreams in the classroom to enable and to encourage understanding of all the aspects of engineering and there will also be opportunities to run competitions to help engage students in an actual project.

Network Rail wants to encourage the next generation to want to be engineers, they offer opportunities such as work experience, apprenticeships and graduate intake to support these wider programmes, which is key to encouraging children into engineering.

Finally, I think it is important to give something back to the next generation and a great place to start is learning from other people’s experiences, which this platform can encourage.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Introducing the employers pledge

The Employer’s Pledge

How do we prepare the next generation to face the challenges of entering a world of work that is rapidly evolving where they may encounter opportunities and potential barriers that don’t yet exist?

As an employer joining our LiketoBe community, you will be committed to sharing your expertise, knowledge and experience of careers and your world of work directly via the platform to potential future employees. In doing so, you will help teachers to better prepare young people to face and solve these challenges.


As an employer on LiketoBe, you will commit to:

·         Empower young people so that they are ready to enter the world of work as aware, adaptable and optimistic team members, able to achieve whatever they would like to be.

·         Inspire students to want to learn, grow and realize their career ambitions by transferring your knowledge and experience from within your business area and industry, allowing them to be the best they can be.

·         Work towards ensuring that students leave school and find the right job for them so that they are highly motivated, skilled and engaged, which, in turn, helps build stronger communities and society.

·         Show students that they are the future and they are part of the change needed in the world, through their career choices.

·         Help students to understand your business and industry, help to paint a picture and answer their concerns, to support them to make the right choice

·         Actively demonstrate the opportunities for all; you champion diversity and are committed to an inclusive culture

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Frozen Kingdoms Interactive Schools Project November 2018

LiketoBe’s, Frozen Kingdoms interactive project is now open for students, teachers and schools to register to take part in the coming academic year. The project will follow Polar Explorer and Entrepreneur, Antony Jinman, and Wildlife Film Maker and Conservationist, Ruth Peacey, on their polar journey, giving young people in Key Stages 1 to 4 the opportunity to learn all there is to know about the cooler regions of our planet. In collaboration with a host of polar experts from across the globe, Antony and Ruth will take you on a truly immersive journey from the comfort of your classroom.

About Frozen Kingdoms Interactive Schools Project

From November 2018 to January 2019 Antony and Ruth be travelling the Peninsula of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Island with the aim of bringing this experience directly into the school classroom. On their journey they will be supported by a team of polar experts who together will be providing regular blogs, photos and videos giving an eye witness account and expert knowledge of the wildlife, environment and history of the areas they traverse, to young people all over the world.

The Frozen Kingdoms project is open to students studying in Key Stages 1 to 4 and is made up of tailored lesson plans, presentations and videos enabling our frozen regions to be brought straight into the classroom setting. Topics that will be covered include wildlife conservation, impacts of climate change, the geography and history of the environment and native populations just to name a few!

The project is being hosted within the educational careers networking site, thus enabling students to access discussion forums, debate topics, share ideas and ask questions to the team throughout their journey. Students will also be invited to take part in competitions giving them a real opportunity to not only learn more about the Polar Regions, but to also develop valuable skills towards learning and work.

Register for Frozen Kingdoms

Students, teachers and schools can access the Frozen Kingdoms interactive project for free by signing up to If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Schools are also invited to book practical workshops and can register interest by completing our online registration form.

Antony and Ruth look forward to having you join their journey! Connect with them prior to the expedition on today!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Removing the Biggest Barrier to Young People’s Aspirations

We can give the next generation the spark to ready them for the future says Antony Jinman. 

What would you like to be when you leave school? Were you asked as a child? Perhaps you remember what you said. A footballer; farmer; engineer; doctor; nurse; astronaut? 

Whatever the response, the point is that our dreams matter. Becoming a physiotherapist because an early love of rugby was nurtured is a great thing. An engineer looking back fondly at childhood memories of building mighty cityscapes from Lego is a great thing. 

Yet so many young people aren’t aware of the career options available, lack the role models (beyond celebrities and sports starts perhaps!) to inspire them and don’t know the practical steps to start considering how to get from where you want to be. 

Antony's Career Journey 

We’re in the midst of exam season, a time of stress for many when pathways are set and the next steps are taken, academic or otherwise. For me it certainly wasn’t academic progress. At secondary school I became disillusioned about what I wanted to do. I hoped to go to university but failed my A Levels. 

A lot of my teachers at my school would dictate information, or get students to read aloud for the class, to note down. I struggled. It was when I turned 21, in the Royal Navy that I found out I am dyslexic. This a condition completely missed during my time in education and meaning that the system wasn't designed for a young person like me.

I never really knew what I wanted to do and have always been searching for my place in the world. But looking back, even during the directionless periods of my life, there was something that helped propel me forwards. 

Fascinated by a Frozen World

During primary school, I learnt about Captain Scott and the Antarctica, this frozen continent fascinated me, especially the animals, because it was so different to my South Devon doorstep. At age 8 my dream was to see a penguin in Antarctica. 

After A Levels, my careers advice ‘computer printout’ suggested public services. So I joined the Navy, because I knew the Navy went to Antarctica and I might see a penguin. I didn’t get selected to go on HMS Endurance and ended up on HMS Scott. 

In Search of a Dream 

Within two years, I was medically discharged and started working in adventure tourism. And what an adventure is has been. I was 12th Briton to ski to the geographic North pole and solo to the geographic South Pole. I achieved my dream of reaching the South Pole in 2014, but after two trips to the white continent I haven’t yet seen my penguin on ice! 

Today nearly 20 years since leaving school, I am enjoying an entrepreneurial life and helping to contribute my experiences back to society. 

Which brings me back to the question: What would you like to be when you grow up? One aspect of my work now is a desire to help young people with their career aspirations. 

Choosing a Future Career 

Students largely depend on parents and teachers for career inspiration, who may themselves lack business or industry experience. Some 83% of UK schools do not employ career guidance staff resulting in 70% of young people leaving education with no idea what they want to do. Various employment sectors face skills shortages and retention issues, but employers lack the time to send employees to visit schools. 

During my early adventures, I realised that I could connect to schools using a satellite phone, and built a website so pupils could ask me questions. I have seen that being able to communicate from Antarctica with children in schools helps connect young people to the world and raise aspirations. 

In 2009 I founded a social enterprise, Education Through Expeditions, which delivers school visits and polar science workshops. My team and I have now visited over 800 schools. 

It dawned on me that my expeditions could be used as a catalyst to link polar experts (scientists and educators) with schools on the same website. When I last journeyed to Antarctica in 2016, schools were asking me questions directly answerable via my iPhone! I realised I could link any professional person with teachers and students in a similar way. 

A New Beginning: The Launch of

Now that the website is up and running I’m inviting organisations across the South West and wider UK to get involved. I’m delighted that the RNLI, Plymouth City Council, Network Rail, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and PGL just to name a few have joined this networking platform enabling educators and young people to connect with business professionals in industry. 

I believe the biggest barrier to young people’s aspirations is lack of knowledge and understanding of career opportunities available. Helping to smash this barrier enables young people to communicate with employers in the professional world. 

In a digital era where someone can stand on the top of the world and talk with children in a classroom anywhere, we should be doing all we can to equip and inspire young people for the future possibilities. Whatever they may turn out to be it is vital that we help young people answer the question, “When I leave school, I’d like to be….”

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Opportunity: Freelance Educational Consultants & Ambassadors is currently seeking educational consultants and teachers to assist in workshop delivery, teacher training, give honest feedback and help develop our online services.

With a background in education and openness to harnessing the digital world we live in today you willfacilitate the development of a community in which young people can connect to real-world careers advice from employers and professionals in industry. You will be driven to make a difference and throw yourself into ambassador duties to spread the word of LiketoBe!

So who is is a professional social networking platform linking employers, students and teachers for real world career advice. You can sign up and start using the platform today!

What are we looking for in an Educational Ambassador?

We are looking to work with individuals who are either still working in the UK education system (Primary and Secondary) or have a background in this area. For example you may be a Head Teacher, Subject Specialist or an existing Education Consultant. 

What activities does an Educational Ambassador undertake?

Our Educational Ambassadors could be involved in a variety of activities related to how we better meet the needs of our schools users. Here are some examples of the types of activities we are looking for our Educational Ambassadors to support: 

  • Using the LiketoBe platform and giving feedback on its functionality 
  • Sharing ideas on how best the platform may be integrated into classroom learning 
  • Sharing ideas on the best content and information young people are seeking today
  • Representing the schools industry at employer events to portray LiketoBe’s educational perspective
  • Spreading the word of LiketoBe and inviting school networks, educational professionals and individuals in industry to join the LiketoBe community
  • Assisting in the production of teaching resources for the LiketoBe platform
  • Delivering workshops and career outreach activities in schools

What do you get out of being an Educational Ambassador?

You will be an integral part of the LiketoBe Team and assist us in paving the way to a bright future for the members of LiketoBe. In return Educational Ambassadors can expect:

  • The opportunity to be a part of a pioneering platform which will revolutionise the way in which young people can access careers information
  • Payment as a freelancer for time spent on Ambassador activities
  • Time spent could count towards your CPD hours
  • Invitations to represent LiketoBe at events and undertake research tasks
  • Free subscription to the LiketoBe platform for you and any associated schools
  • To become part of the LiketoBe community of Educational Ambassadors
N/B. Please note this is a freelance position and Ambassadors will be invited to express interest as activities arise.

Next Step

Send an email to giving detail into:
  • your own career background and experiences
and tell us:
  • why you are passionate about shaping the future of careers information for young people 
Closing date: Monday 30th July 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Raising students’ aspirations: Would you LiketoBe involved?

Plymouth Science Park start-up, LiketoBe is a pioneering, innovative, digital networking platform linking employers with students and educators for real world career advice. Would your business benefit from engaging directly with schools, colleges and universities, sharing key career messages, work experience and job opportunities with them?

We are hosting an exclusive launch at Plymouth Science Park where we are inviting businesses to become founding supporters of the LiketoBe platform. As a founding business you can create a profile and promote your opportunities and career experience to our growing community of young people and educators.

Founder, and Plymouth Polar Adventurer Antony Jinman, invites you to our launch to pledge your support to raising students’ aspirations locally, nationally and internationally. Following this event, a local and national press release will be issued including testimonials and support from our founding businesses.

Join us on Wednesday 25th April from 11am in the Baylis Suite to network with other businesses and to find out how you can become a LiketoBe founding business. Register your attendance today.

"There is a massive skills shortage of engineers across all sectors here in the UK, not just the rail industry. Network Rail sees LiketoBe as a great opportunity to engage with young people and demonstrate what opportunities are available to them, whilst helping to raise aspirations towards STEM careers." Jane Austin Head of Engineering Network Rail

"As a school we are keen to look at how careers, employability and a sense of the horizon are integral to all learning. Young people need the chance to explore these areas in both primary and secondary schools. We believe that LiketoBe is a great process to support this and that we wish to get behind. It is a vehicle for creating and maximising community. I would recommend this to all schools, not because it supports your readiness for Ofsted (and it does), but because it is the right thing to do for young people and the communities we work within." Dave Strudwick Headteacher Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

In search of penguins

Image from Antarctica Bound on Flickr
Polar adventurer Antony Jinman may have been on several epic trips to both the North and South Poles but he has yet to see a penguin - and that's a fact he's determined to change when he journeys to the South Pole again later this year.

Plymouth-born Antony is the 12th Briton to ski to both the Geographic North Pole and solo to the South Pole and his boyhood dream was to follow in the footsteps of his hero Captain Robert Falcon Scott, to journey to the white continent and hopefully see a penguin in real life. Yet despite making it to the South Pole 102 years after Captain Scott, after skiing solo for 46 days to the pole he didn't see a single penguin on the snow or ice!

Antony is now about to embark on MS Hebridean Sky (one of the finest small ships in the world) as a guest lecturer, and will be venturing down to the continent once again this December and January. On this occasion, he will be exploring the coastline of Antarctica and running an interactive program for schools via his new social media platform*

He is inviting teachers and schools to sign up for free, so that pupils and teachers alike can share in his adventure and, hopefully, join him as he fulfils his goal of seeing a penguin in real life standing on some ice.

There are other experiences on offer too. Teacher and students can interact with experts such as Antony online, download free lesson plans and teaching materials, and even host visits from climate change experts and polar scientists in their schools. LiketoBe offers a lot more details on how this can be done, or you can connect directly with me, Steve Wheeler - via this email address:

*Note: Teachers will need to sign up to create a free school profile on LiketoBe in order to participate.

NB: This post is mirrored from the blog Learning with 'e's

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In search of penguins by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Open up the world of engineering to your students

Jane Austin, Head of Engineering at Network Rail explains how LiketoBe is helping her and Network Rail to inspire the next generation of en...