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What's The Program All About?

Immediately after reading this page, please click on the "free trial" option above. This will enable you to access 3 videos containing tips which won't cost you a penny but which will take the guesswork out of the decision to buy or not buy the complete program. Most young people leave the education system not realising how much they need to know about the job market that they didn’t even know they needed to know! Many survive in spite of this. Thousands of others end up with a university degree, a student debt of £40,000 and working some menial job they were qualified to do if they’d left school after G.C.S.E.s. Here are just a few of the things the education system does not tell them.

  • Well over 50% of jobs are filled without ever being advertised. How can a young person develop a strategy for accessing this market when they didn’t know it existed?
  • Young people have no idea how to distinguish the organisation that can offer a secure future with excellent prospects for career development, from the organisation that’s about to go down the tubes and lay people off.
  • In many sectors, far more students are studying for qualifications than there are jobs available in that sector…and they are being encouraged to do so without being warned of the consequences. In other sectors, employers are struggling to find suitably qualified candidates.
  • Being good enough to do the job is not good enough. The candidate who lands the job is the candidate who’s better than all the other candidates who are good enough to do the job. Students are not told that good enough is not good enough, that only memorable is good enough or how to be memorable.
  • Most young people have a Facebook account but very few know how to use social media to build relationships with potential employers.

The Aspire Academy program is designed to help young people to thrive when they enter the job market. The Aspire Academy program explains the things the education is not telling them about the job market. Most important of all, the Aspire Academy program tells them how to act on what they learn. The private, exclusive Facebook Group allows Aspire Academy students to share their successes, post questions to the group and network with corporate members.

Testimonials
Sarah Murray, Head GirlSt. Gregory's Catholic College, Bath
“After reading your book, (Heretical Leadership), I became enthralled. I had to write to you to express how brilliant I thought it was. I’ve really reflected over your stories and insight into the reality of leadership. I only wish I’d had your book as reference during my time as Head Girl. I’m sure your expertise will be useful to me, my friends and perhaps even future employees."

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Stuart Langworthy, Deputy HeadBrockworth Enterprise School
"I would like to formally thank you for your work on the employability course. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you. I think the nature of the course we have developed is absolutely superb – it really does meet the needs of, what I believe, is a growing number of 6th Form students who cannot afford to or do not want to go to University, but who are ambitious and want to gain employment with suitable training. I believe this group has been overlooked in the past and we have certainly helped our students to achieve their ...

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Martin Gailey, Student Futures AdvisorSt. Gregory's Catholic College, Bath
"The discussion was lively and friendly, due in part to Barry’s depth of knowledge and experience, but also because of his deep interest in the development of motivated, inspired young people. I found his approach both reassuringly competent and sufficiently challenging to keep students interested in the excellent message he imparted."

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Charlotte AtkinsSt. Brendan's 6th Form College, Bristol
“I loved the way Barry used anecdotes and humour but still managed to get a serious message across.”

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Matt MammanaLightwater, Surrey
“Before my sessions with Barry, I always felt uncontrollably nervous at the thought of public speaking. Our team had already won the U.K. final but I knew I would need some help as the global final, in Kuala Lumpur, was on a much larger scale. Barry showed me how to project my natural personality, how to be more fluid and less robotic. My team mates had not seen me present since the U.K. final and they could not believe the difference.”

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Vanessa Aris M.B.E, Career Teacher for 25 YearsDean Close Private School, Cheltenham
"As a teacher, you may be thinking to yourself, “We do this already.” You may be thinking to yourself, “We don’t have a budget for this,” or, “I can get a local business person to do this for nothing.” Probably you can; but before you dismiss the idea of picking up the phone, consider what teachers say who have booked Aspire Academy training.There ought to be a copy of this program in every home where there are teenagers."

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Jonquil Brooks, Parent and Project ConsultantSouth West Apprenticeship Company
“The advice that Barry has provided has proved to be very helpful in securing a new post for my son. He acted on the many useful tips Barry gives to make yourself memorable at an interview.”

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Michael Goody, Business OwnerColour Sells
“I have heard Barry Jackson speak on a number of occasions and each time I have been enthralled by his wit and down to earth common sense.”

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Kevin ClancyBalcarras School, Cheltenham
“My colleagues have told me that your teaching was the best we’ve ever had on any subject.”

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Terry Cooper, Managing DirectorCooper Bradbury Sales
“Barry’s passion was infectious and the whole room was captivated by his ease of delivery.”

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Ollie FudgeNailsea School, Bristol
“The seminar was eye-opening and so useful to my future. I am very grateful to Barry for the information he shared with us.”

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Renata B
“Having been made redundant 3 months ago, I attended 10 interviews without success. The training you gave me was very different from anything I’ve been taught before. In just over a week, I got the job I was looking for.”

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Terry LawKing Edward 6th Grammar School, Birmingham
"We now have 15 confirmed offers for Oxbridge, our highest ever."

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Martin Firman, Managing DirectorCanHave
“One of the most genuine people I have ever worked with.”

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Year 10 StudentChurchdown School, Gloucestershire
“I felt I could have talked with Barry for hours.”

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Jane Tozer, Work Related LearningPrince Henry's High School, Evesham
"Our students have described you as a legend."

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James Slattery, Work Related LearningChipping Campden School
"The feedback from the students has been superb. They are already asking when your next session will be."

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Peter Luff FCIPR MP, ChairmanBusiness and Enterprise Comittee, House of Commons
“I am so pleased things are progressing for it seemed an initiative that deserved to succeed.”

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Phil Duncan, Head of 6th FormNailsea School, Bristol
"David, our Head Teacher, was very pleased with the presentation skills training you provided for selected member of our 6th form. The students loved it. I thought you were excellent."

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John Lewis, Head of 6th FormSt. Edward's Private School, Cheltenham
"Our students…loved your style. They said the highlight of their day was Barry."

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Sean JonesParent and Business Owner
“Great ideas, Barry. I got my eldest daughter to read your newsletter. She’s 13 and taking her options in September. She said she hadn’t ever thought of things like that.”

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Lisa Ventura MCIPR, Head of Business DevelopmentTitania PR & Marketing
“I can’t thank you enough.The best £120 I have spent in my business career to date.”

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Frederick PearceSt. Brendan's 6th Form College, Bristol
“This talk wasn’t just someone telling us to do something. Barry showed the effectiveness and reasoning behind the way he treats people…and from his own personal experience.”

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DawnGenesis TMC
“Thank you so much for delivering such a superb speech.”

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