Our Strategy

We are currently reviewing our strategy which will be published soon, building on the 2020 strategy below and the lessons learnt in both education and the workplace for our futures since then.

As we look forward to our 30th year as the charity we are today, with a history of 40 years in the region we are proud to bring a wealth of experience to the relationships we have built with schools and businesses across the region.  

Our aim will be to inspire and develop the aspirations of young people in our region.  Supporting them to nurture their passions and explore pathways to a successful career, which will benefit our regional economy, wider society and all our futures.

We thank the students, teachers, volunteers, companies, partners, staff, trustees and patrons who have contributed to our success.

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SATRO's Strategy

2020 Strategy

As part of a strategic review undertaken in the summer of 2020 we examined the changes in education, the issues for future generations and the changing workplace.  Our strategy is based on consolidating and improvement post-pandemic looking forward to future long-term development:
  • 2021-22 Consolidate and review as we examine the impact of the pandemic on education, the corporate and charity landscape. Consolidating our staffing structure to support operations and continue the innovation of our services.
  • 2022-23 Continuous improvement of SATRO’s place as a charitable provider in our region working in education and as a business and charity Focusing on the quality, reach and impact of what we deliver.
  • 2023-24 Implementation of a structured longer term development plan building further on our strong regional foundation and creating strong partnerships for the future.
As a result we refocused and integrated three core themes into our activities and their delivery.  

Building Skills: As new partners of the Skills Builder Partnership (a universal framework to build essential skills) we will be focusing on developing key skills for the future with all age groups providing a framework for achievement.  Employability skills have always been a key part of what SATRO offers, with this partnership we are one of over 700 organisations from education and industry focused on creating a shared language and outcomes for skills building.

Addressing Issues: We will be using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to allow us to engage young people in the wider understanding of what they are learning and its impact for the future.  Concepts from the SDGs will be embedded within our activities and used to encourage understanding of the wider global perspective.

Challenging Perceptions: SATRO’s involvement as the link between business and education is longstanding.  More than ever it is clear that young people need to challenge their perceptions of their pathways to future employment.  It is estimated that 2 out of 3 children starting primary school will have jobs that don’t exist today.   Our aim is to support young people challenge their perceptions and open their minds to the changing world of employment.

As part of this 3-year strategy we will continue to extend our reach and develop our programmes supported by our funders, volunteers and the local community.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are continually innovating our delivery and will increase our focus on those students who are at risk of being left behind.  More widely SATRO continues to work in partnership with organisations and programmes to extend our impact and contribute to new developments in all our areas of work.