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Sponge on track to become Youth Verified® through partnership with Youth Group.

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Announcement reflects Sponge's ambition to drive DE&I by expanding its youth network via youth verified® which is the UK's largest youth verification network, powered by youth group.

Award-winning digital learning provider, Sponge, has partnered with Youth Group, the UK's largest community of young people, to begin the process of becoming a Youth Verified® organisation.

Youth Verification initiative was developed by Youth Group to understand how 'youth-first' an organisation is. Endorsed by one of the world’s largest consultancies, verification involves aligning an organisation to the wants, needs, and challenges of young people in the UK.

To become Youth Verified®, Sponge will undertake a verification process to then be officially announced as Youth Verified® and gain access to Youth Group’s 1.7 million-strong youth community, as well as corporate partners.

By becoming Youth Verified®, Sponge will extend its talent pipeline and supercharge innovation within the organisation. At the same time, it will work with Youth Group to develop programmes, bootcamps, and events to support young peoples’ training needs to ensure youth verification is fully utilised.

“Over the past decade, there has been a decline in the employment of young people, and, at Sponge, we believe that we have a social responsibility to help drive economic growth through an inclusive approach to sourcing future talent"

said Kerry Goodman, Chief People Officer at Sponge.

“Young people bring new skills, fresh thinking and perspective, all of which are critical to future innovation and success.”

This sentiment was echoed by Leon Marseglia, Chief Operating Officer at Youth Group:

“The speed of change is quicker than the speed of learning and that's why I am very excited to have Sponge partner with us. The fact that Sponge is now working towards becoming Youth Verified® builds trust between Sponge and the 1.7 million young people in our community.”

To date, over 300 companies have successfully become Youth Verified®, and at a time of significant skills gaps, initiatives such as this can be a real game changer. Typically, partners with Youth Group see a 120% increase in applications from young people aged 18-30, once they have successfully become Youth Verified®.

About Sponge

Sponge is a leading digital learning provider founded in 2004 with over 200 employees across Europe. Sponge offers innovative and engaging learning solutions to drive behavioural change, with data-driven outcomes, within global organisations.

Following successful acquisitions in 2020-21, Sponge has combined the expertise and experience of some of the industry’s leading digital learning professionals and executives to offer a holistic solution for the world’s biggest brands. Sponge’s offerings include market-leading bespoke learning content, off-the-shelf microlearning content library of over 6000 learning modules, and an innovative series of compliance solutions, underpinned by cutting-edge learning performance analytics and insights.

Sponge has won over 50 awards and accolades since its inception in 2004, with recent successes including:

  • Fosway 9-Grid™ - ‘Core Leader’ – 2022
  • Training Industry – Top 20 company, Online Learning Library – 2022
  • Training Industry – Watch List for Learning Services – 2022 
  • EcoVadis Scorecard – Silver Medal - 2022
  • Best Use of Social and Collaborative Learning – Bronze – Brandon Hall Awards – 2021