The Design Thinkers Lab has an unconventional approach to learning. There are no teachers. We put each student in charge of their learning and progress. But we do offer students all the support they need by ensuring that there are coaches and mentors standing ready to help.


In Which Areas Do We Need Coaches?

The Learning Outcomes of the programme focus on the following:

Financial, data and digital literacy

Critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication

Problem solving, resilience, courage, care, curiosity and integrity

Design thinking, tools & techniques for collaboration, innovation and human-centred design

Meta-learning and ability to be reflective, adaptive, insightful, metacognitive and with a growth mindset

The areas that participating students need to show evidence of achievement in include these:
  • The basics of programming
  • Collaboration, communication and teamwork
  • Complex problem solving
  • Courage and resilience
  • Critical thinking, creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Curiosity
  • Basic data management
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital literacy – effective use of computers and the Internet
  • Empathy and people management
  • Financial literacy
  • Metacognition and self-awareness

We need people who are experts in these areas, who can serve as coaches and who are willing to help students to build evidence of achievement in these areas.

What Being a Coach Will Involve?

Our coaches will work with our students, both in groups and sometimes individually. Most of the contact will be online. The coaching will include helping students to build understanding, insight, skills, and confidence in the learning areas that are part of the programme. The students will be engaged in a variety of research tasks, case studies, simulations and other learning tasks and activities.  Our coaches will offer advice, guidance and support to help students with these. We anticipate that the coaching role will require coaches to be available for between 2 and 4 hours per week, over about a 4 to 5-month period.

Coaches will be asked to participate in an induction and training programme.



Our ideal coaches are people who have been continuously employed in commerce and industry for at least 5 years, preferably in a management role, and who have a really good understanding of the changing workplace and world of work. Our coaches should have experience and expertise in people development and should have a good track record of coaching and training activity in their specific areas of expertise.

As our participants are young people preparing to enter the workplace, coaches need to be articulate, patient, and empathetic people with good communications and people skills, with the ability to inspire and build confidence.

Will Coaches Be Paid?

Coaches will be paid an hourly rate for their services.



If you would like to join our incredible team of coaches, please contact us, and we will talk you through the process and answer any of your questions.