Focus on Success

Cambridge SocEnt launch service that aims to provide local teens with personalised guidance and support

The number of young people reporting anxiety has rocketed.1 With many keen to make a positive start this academic year, Form the Future CIC hope to relieve some of the stress and pressure that they feel with the launch of 'Focus on Success', a private careers advice service.


Jane Paterson-Todd, Non-Executive Director at Form the Future CIC, believes that young people are more likely to succeed if they're given sufficient support, guidance and stimulation. She notes that it is also important to work with them before they make the choices that directly affect their future, and not when they are already demotivated or disengaged.


By providing one-to-one guidance that is personalised to each student, Form the Future hope to catch those at-risk at an opportune time in their life and equip them with the knowledge and skills they'll need to better prepare them for life after education.


The Cambridge-based social enterprise has recently taken residence in a new city centre location, so that they are more conveniently placed to support young people in the community.


Debra Thorpe, Careers Advisor at Form the Future CIC, said "I am absolutely delighted with our new office space, as we now have a dedicated room to offer face-to-face sessions. I'm already getting booked up in October half term!"


She added, "I work with clients to make sense of the options available to them and help them to follow a direction that will bring a fulfilling career. To do this, I use Morrisby, a careers aptitude assessment tool popular with independent schools, that identifies their strengths, motivators and passions and how they can use these to make the decisions that are right for them."


To find out more about Focus on Success and book a one-off session, or to discuss ongoing careers support, please email


For more information:

Michelle Yung, Marketing and Communications Manager at Form the Future CIC

01223 781296


Form the Future CIC is a Cambridge-based social enterprise. They deliver the skills service for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, linking schools and businesses to build students' careers awareness and employability skills and to promote apprenticeships. They also run Cambridge LaunchPad for local STEM employers, provide a mentoring programme, an impartial careers advice service and support work experience programmes.


1Collishaw S, Maughan B, Goodman R, Pickles A: Time trends in adolescent mental health. J Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2004, 45(8):1350-1362.