Material Extension of Agreement with the CSC Academy in India

Chris Jeffries


Dev Clever’s,wholly-owned Indian subsidiary and Veative Labs Pvt Ltd (“Veative”) have agreed a material extension to their partnership with the CSC Academy in India (“CSC Academy”). 

This follows the pilot announced on 29 June 2021, when the Company stated that its immersive learning and careers platform would go live in 25 of the c. 5,930 CSC academy centres and it would assess the foundation programme of STEM-based immersive learning and careers guidance. Following the successful completion of this pilot, the CSC Academy and Dev Clever have agreed a foundation programme for phase two – with Dev Clever’s proprietary immersive career guidance and learning platform to be rolled out to all CSC academy centres across India. As a result, in phase two the foundation programme will be offered to 2.6 million students and will begin to be rolled out in Q1 2022. During this phase, Dev Clever will receive a one-off on-boarding fee and an annual SaaS-based subscription fee for each student, to be paid directly by the CSC Academy on behalf of the student.

In addition to the foundation programme, students will be given the opportunity to upgrade the service to a premium subscription and access additional learning content as well as live one-to-one career counselling sessions, delivered virtually through the platform. Dev Clever has agreed to work with the CSC Academy to offer students a Launchmycareer (“LMC”) Careers counsellor training programme that will provide a recognised qualification and, in anticipation of the demand for this premium subscription service, Dev Clever has already started onboarding career consultants. 

It is the express intention that, subject to success during phase two, there will be a further opportunity to formalise the expansion of beyond the CSC academies to the broader 350,000 CSC centres and its tens of millions of users.

Chris Jefferies, CEO Dev Clever, said:

“The Indian Government’s recognition of the importance of career development for its young people is a pivotal moment in its intention to bring positive and lasting educational change to its citizens, and particularly its youth. Our now broader remit is yet another endorsement of our ability to support India with the technological knowhow in bringing about this change. It also has extremely positive implications for Dev Clever with the fees generated during phase two expected to bring material revenues into the Company. 

“We are also extremely excited to be working with the CSC and to be able to jointly offer an initial 2.6 million students the opportunity of a recognised qualification in careers counselling that will provide employment for those students seeking a job in this area and also enable them to guide other students towards a career aligned with their ambitions.”

DevClever Launch The National Careers Challenge across the UK

Chris Jeffries


In a bid to bridge the global skills gap and enable the youth of today to develop the career skills that employers are asking for, The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG), are pleased to announce the launch of The National Enterprise Challenge under a brand-new name for 2021/22, which will now be known as The National Careers Challenge.

This change comes at a crucial time and for very exciting reasons: as the world begins to recover from the pandemic, The Inspirational Learning Group have huge plans to expand the reach of their in-school challenges with the help of new owners, Dev Clever – tech innovation specialists and owners of the career search and discovery platform, Launch Your Career (LYC).

Following the acquisition over summer, The Inspirational Learning Group hosted a launch event in early October 2022, welcoming guests to Thorpe Park to discover the new vision for The National Careers Challenge, and to test out some of the Virtual Reality experiences being developed for the future.

The collaboration between Dev Clever’s ‘Launch Your Career’ platform and The Inspirational Learning Group has resulted in the launch of The National Careers Challenge, which will deliver both virtual and physical interactions for young people in the near future.

The event saw new CEO, founder of Dev Clever and LYC, Chris Jeffries, take to the stage. He presented his dream “to build a world where young people can be inspired by possibilities, by changing the way we train and prepare young people for the world of work,” and that “The National Careers Challenge is an extension of two great companies coming together to engage young people and get them excited about their future.”

The National Careers Challenge is designed to fit into a school drop-down day, to introduce and develop crucial employer interaction that exercises and builds key employability skills in an exciting and engaging environment. Schools can choose from a number of challenges designed for year groups 7-10, all of which result in the winning teams from schools across the UK competing in our live final at the ICC in Birmingham in July 2022.

Ben Dyer, co-founder of The Inspirational Learning Group shared “to date, out flagship challenge – now known as The National Careers Challenge – has facilitated over 350,000 students to develop key employability skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership; the feedback from schools shows that students feel more confident using skills such as communication, presenting, and more. This year we pledge to build the skills of 50,000 more students.”

This year, following unprecedented interest from our corporate partners, our programme offers: a Year 7 STEM challenge, (in partnership with Air Products UK); a Year 8 Theme Park challenge in conjunction with Thorpe Park; a Social Enterprise challenge working with NatWest; and, to celebrate our 10-year anniversary, The Inspirational Learning Group are proud to set an Esports challenge for Year 10 students. All our challenges are mapped to the Gatbsy Benchmarks and support students to develop key skills required by employers in the workplace.

The challenges culminate in a LIVE, national final celebratory event at the ICC in Birmingham in July 2022, where we will see the winning teams from all participating schools battle it out in front of our judges for the top spot and to be crowned The National Careers Challenge winners for 2022. The event will also provide live interactions with real employers, as well as chances to WIN great prizes for both schools and students. Our finals have been supported, endorsed, and hosted by ambassadors such as Theo Paphitis, Nick Jenkins, Diversity, and Lord Sugar in past years – so stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s event!

Schools across the country can take part in the National Career Challenge competition NOW, with the LIVE Finals at Birmingham’s ICC on 5th July 2022. For more information click here

The Big Career Conversation with Young People in England

Chris Jeffries


Dev Clever are delighted to present a research report, commissioned by the Business Intelligence and Advisory Group of Dev Clever Holdings PLC.

The report is one of the most comprehensive discussions with young people and was distributed to over 3600 pupils this summer. The survey spanned across Year Groups 7, 9 and 11 and focusing on career aspirations and how pupils had received career guidance and advice throughout their time in education and is the largest report of its kind.

The report is supported with interviews with employers and headteachers, and provides an extensive summary of the current position, regarding careers support offered in Schools and what employers want from young people.

The report findings are stark, with most pupils still struggling to understand how to get comprehensive careers information, advice and support and believing they do not get enough careers advice and support in Schools.

With many welcome developments from The Education Bill, Careers Hubs and through organisations such as The Careers and Enterprise Company, this research still highlights that much more needs to be done to support our young people.

Young people need career guidance support more than ever. The social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for many years to come and Dev Clever, continue to play their part in helping young people prepare for the world of work.

Read ‘The Big Career Conversation’ Report here.

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