Two entrepreneurs helping young people ‘Leap into’ their dream career
A free online career service that connects young people with professionals in industry.
Leapinto is a new kind of careers service that connects young people with professionals in industry directly. Based in Monmouthshire but serving the whole UK online, Leapinto was founded by Kevin Mansell-Abell and Karl Swanepoel. Bookings are now open for weekly Zoom meet-ups throughout August.
88% of young brits agree that with the right guidance, they can achieve their career dream (Pitman & Cencuswide). However, 53% believe their career prospects are worsening (UCL).
Kevin Mansell-Abell of That Media Group has been actively involved in supporting young people to develop their careers for many years, but always felt something was missing. Kevin said “It’s more important than ever that young people are able to connect with those industry, ask questions and build a richer picture of the world to work – pushing through the smoke and mirrors, getting the information directly from the horses mouth”.
Karl Swanepoel of Topwork, a 22 year old entrepreneur and recent graduate also believed that more could be done to help young people. Karl said “Throughout school, I never received support for the career I wanted to pursue. I wanted to start a business and be my own boss, however I always felt entrepreneurship never had enough exposure in schools”.
After many conversations sharing their frustrations, Kevin and Karl created Leapinto – an online careers service, connecting young people with those in industry through virtual workshops.
“The response so far has been fantastic” said Kevin, “after posting our idea online to gauge interest, we were met with more support and enthusiasm than I ever could have imagined”.
Leapinto will be hosting weekly workshops via Zoom throughout August, completely free of charge. Bookings are subject to availability, and can be made at: https://leapinto.co.uk/
First event 4th August 2021.