The GC Index®& InnoEnergy - Coaching MSc Students

We are really excited about coaching MSc students with The GC Index and InnoEnergy.

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The GC Index® has partnered with InnoEnergy, the European innovation engine for sustainable energy, to launch a new 18-month Game-Changing Impact programme. The new initiative will equip students for the world of work to boost European energy innovation and support the region’s sustainable energy future.

This year’s InnoEnergy Master’s School students will work closely with a personal coach to develop their core skills to revolutionise the energy sector. This will see them engage in team exercises, work on real-world examples and gain access to influential business expertise to make a positive industry impact.

Commenting on the launch, Frank Gielen, Education Director at InnoEnergy, says: “We’re proud to be working in close partnership with The GC Index® to pioneer a new approach to sustainable energy education. People are the lifeblood of innovation and its key that our graduates have the right skills to help Europe achieve a sustainable energy future.

“The new programme supports both students and their future employers. Industry needs an informed, engaged and ambitious graduate workforce to achieve success. Our focus is to equip students with the essential workplace skills needed to make a smooth transition from education to industry.”

Nathan Ott, CEO of The GC Index, adds: “We’re firm believers that whilst not everyone is a Game Changer, everyone can make a game-changing impact. We are delighted to partner with InnoEnergy to help energy students identify how they can make a real difference and thrive – driving ideas forward and achieving their full potential as the innovators of the future.”

About InnoEnergy
Achieving a sustainable energy sector in Europe is a triple challenge: ensuring security of supply, reducing costs to eliminate fuel poverty and reducing environmentally damaging emissions.

InnoEnergy was established in 2010 and is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to address this challenge. Like all Knowledge and Innovation Communities established by the EIT, InnoEnergy brings together the three elements of the so-called Knowledge Triangle – higher education, research and industry – to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Europe today.

By connecting the elements of the knowledge triangle with Europe’s entrepreneurs and innovators, InnoEnergy plays a critical role in increasing sustainable growth and competitiveness in Europe, reinforcing the innovation capacity of the EU Member States, creating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and preparing them for innovative breakthroughs in the future.

InnoEnergy works with universities, research centres and industry partners across Europe. It helps connect ideas, experience and skills across the continent to help create new employees, new technologies, new products and new businesses that will create a sustainable energy sector along with jobs and growth opportunities for Europe.

About The GC Index
The GC Index® was developed from work initially undertaken by Dr John Mervyn-Smith, Chief Psychologist at The GC Index®, and Adrian Furnham, Management Expert and Professor of Psychology.

It provides a digital language and framework, which assesses the genuine and potential contribution of individuals. The GC Index®

– Is the first online assessment tool to identify Game Changers
– Measures how individuals are going to make an impact
– Enables organisations to create game-changing teams

Its scientific framework allows individuals to understand how they can make an impact and helps organisations develop teams to drive performance and achieve innovation goals.

Three Pillars of Success - Career Day at Yarrells School

16th June 2017 - Our News this week

This week we had a great day session at Yarrells Preparatory School teaching years 7 & 8 about the three pillars of career success. This was supported by inspirational talks and activities provided by local businesses and underpinned by the Young People Index. We would like to say thank you to Sam Savage of South Coast Events, Russell Tonks from Strategic Solutions and Liam Keighley from Layburne Business Finance. Not only do we talk about job roles and different organisational types, we explore organisational culture and environment, thus opening up their eyes to how they might fit within a business, not just a role/job. The Young People Index allows us to talk openly about this dimension, something that often gets over looked at a typical career fair day/session, but an element that has such an impact of their personal success in life. 

Yarrells Career Day - June 2017

Winning the #SBS Challenge - The Young People Index and Theo Paphitis

Winning the #SBS Challenge - The Young People Index and Theo Paphitis


In May 2017 Poole based Young People Index gets a Twitter boost from Theo Paphitis


An inspirational, education-based organisation has received a business boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.   Last week, The Young People Index tweeted Theo about the amazing work they are doing with schools in and around Dorset, helping bridge the skills gap between schools and businesses. The Young People Index tweeted  ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers.  The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has 1700 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.


The Young People Index has worked closely with Yarrells Preparatory School, Poole Grammar School, Champion Group Football (AFC Bournemouth under 13s) and London Youth, helping young people gain confidence, raised self-awareness and knowledge of how they can make their impact on the world. This incredible work has not only helped pupils gain personal insights, but has also helped with school management and leadership practice, something many schools do not have the opportunity to partake in.


Business and retail entrepreneur (and self-confessed Shopkeeper), Theo re‐tweeted The Young People Index’s message to his almost 500,000 followers and as a result, and their twitter account (yp_index) has more followers and increased enquiries. They are also profiled on the #SBS website ( that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

‘’We’re over the moon to have been recognised by Theo in Small Business Sunday. We’ve worked incredibly hard on something we strongly believe in – the future of our children. We all strive to ensure we give our children the best start in life but there just hasn’t been the right framework out there to really drive home their potential impact in the future.”


Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.  My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish The Young People Index every success.”


Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sundays between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of the networking opportunities.


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Newsletter April 2017

It has been a very busy few months for the team at The Young People Index and we are excited to share developments with you...

Since the launch, at Yarrells School, we have had a lot of interest from local schools and will be delivering our GC Index Leadership Development Programme in some of them over the coming month or two, with a view to move onto delivering our Teachers' Development Programme and using The Young People Index within selected year groups as part of our Self-Discovery Programme.  We are in the process of securing sponsors for two of these schools to help fund the programmes and are open to hearing from any local businesses who would like to get involved in sponsoring schools for this hugely beneficial process and helping young people become better prepared for the world of work.

We are also exploring the sporting sector, looking to work with some youth football academies, one of which is our own AFC Bournemouth and we are excited to go and deliver feedback sessions to one of their youth teams next week.  We feel the YPI has great potential for young sports people not only to develop and enhance their performance in their current position, but also to help to prepare them for alternative careers should they choose to take a different path in the future.

We look forward to updating you further next month with details of the successes of these opportunities.