Inspiring the Future is a nationwide organisation which connects volunteers who want to talk about their jobs with state schools that want to listen. Schools can choose from 30,000 volunteers, from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologist to zoologists.
Noted for its efficient systems, that make everyones' life easy. Under the same roof are Inspiring Women and Primary Futures. The scheme works by allowing teachers to contact volunteers directly and invite them in to talk to students. This means teachers can find volunteers that are relevant to the needs and interests of their schools. For example, this could be volunteers who have started their own businesses, gone on to college or university, or done an apprenticeship, and who use the subjects they have learnt in schools in a wide variety of ways in their jobs, such as lawyers who use a modern foreign language, environmental campaigners who use science, or historians who use statistics.
The Good Careers Guide has reviewed Inspiring the Future.
Meeting people from the world of work plays an important role in helping young people make better informed career choices and can lead to them earning more in later life. Research undertaken by the charity Education and Employers shows that young people who attend career talks with outside speakers can earn up to £2,000 per annum more later in life.
The world of work is changing all the time, and young people can feel very lost when faced with making educational and career choices. Often their main source of information is limited to their parents (and so the kind of careers that their parents know about), TV and social media. If they are exposed to lots of people talking about a wide range of sectors, careers and educational pathways, they are able to make better informed decisions and therefore are likely to choose an option that is best suited to them, what they enjoy, and what they are good at.
If you would like to volunteer, then please sign up at InspiringtheFuture.org!
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