Raw Talent is a new social enterprise based at Impact Hub Brixton. Our mission is to empower young people to create their future through work insights and experiences. In particular, we look for ways to help disadvantaged youngsters overcome the social barriers to getting good jobs.
Our key principles are to:
- Co-produce solutions with young people
- Support employer’s requirements for future talent
- Create local collaboration to learn and achieve shared impact.
We are partnering with The Elmgreen School in Tulse Hill to develop inspiring work based experiences that develop personal character and employability skills. More than half of pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds and many at high risk of being NEET (not in employment education or training) in the future.
We have recently registered Raw Talent as a non-profit company limited by guarantee with a board of seven directors, five of whom are local parents. We now want to develop as a community business which is owned by and accountable to the local community. Our directors are:
Abigail Melville (Founder)
David Njie (Young People)
Dr Anita C Hall (HE and STEM)
Estella Reed (HR)
Paula Webb (Community)
James Flitcroft (Careers Policy)
Emma Francis (Corporate Social Responsibility)
We are registered with Companies House as Raw Talent Connecting Youth to Work (Company number 10403096).
We are a growing collaboration of passionate people
Born and raised locally, Abigail has lived in Brixton for 30 years and is raising two kids here. She founded Raw Talent to tackle the scandal of wasted talent she sees in her community every day. She has 25 years professional experience of politics and public service reform in Lambeth and works with national organisations like the RSA. Five years ago she retrained and taught citizenship, PHSE and politics in an outstanding new academy in Chelsea. She has been researching, developing and piloting ideas for Raw Talent since September 2015. She recently became a Director of the Parent Promoters Foundation at The Elmgreen School.
She has professional experience as a public sector programme manager, policy analyst, business strategy consultant, and facilitator. “Abigail understood exactly what we needed and made a really positive impact. Her interventions were sensitive and insightful. She left us with the tools to manage the business in a more effective way and we are a much stronger organisation as a result.” Ed Owen, Chief Executive, Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Wayne M James
A digital skills trainer with extensive experience in the technology sector, Wayne is an impact hub entrepereneur with a powerful impact on young people.
He delivers a range of training, including the Tech City Stars apprenticeship programme based at Lansdowne Youth Centre. “Just watching Wayne motivate the Tech City Stars is truly inspirational.” Paul Carter, Reboot Camp attendee
James has 12 years’ experience delivering careers curriculum and work related learning in a large state school. He led a successful £37,000 pilot to deliver a whole school Employability Passport to 1100 students aged 11-16 to access, reflect and record employability activities leading to demonstrable impact on students at risk of NEET. “She’s now a really positive member of our Sixth Form doing A Levels. She surprised herself with her GCSE results and is really positive now about education… She knows now that there’s additional support, she knows who we are and perhaps she wouldn’t have met us in the same way before. That’s one example of someone who I’ve seen gain confidence and flourish.” Teacher, Quintin Kynaston School