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What's coming up in Spring/Summer 2014

Coming up in early 2014 Inspiring the Future is having themed national weeks on Apprenticeships, Design and Manufacturing and the next stages of our national Inspiring Women campaign.  We are also extending our free service by launching Primary Futures for English state primary schools. Inspiring the Future volunteers will talk face-to-face with young people aged 5 - 18 in state schools and FE colleges about the opportunities and issues in gaining entry to the working world.

Inspiring the Future

Inspiring the Future is a new free service run by the charity, Education and Employers Taskforce which aims to get 100,000 people from all sectors and professions volunteering to go into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers, and the education routes they took. Inspiring the Future explained in 6 seconds! http://tinyurl.com/nby94aq



Everyone from CEOs to Apprentices can volunteer for Inspiring the Future. Recent graduates, school leavers and people in the early stages of their career can be inspirational to teenagers - being close in age they are easy to relate to; while senior staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.


Talking with young people in a school or college can make a real difference to their perceptions of what jobs are available, and it may inspire them to consider options that they had previously never thought about. Talking to working professionals can also help them get a realistic view on the different routes into jobs and careers, and the current labour market.


Volunteers and schools register here - our service is entirely free: http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/

Guide for employers

We have created a short Powerpoint presentation for employers. This explains Inspiring the Future in simple, practical terms and can be used to prove the business case and win hearts and minds. Human resource managers, CSR managers and line managers can use it to encourage employees at all levels to volunteer.


What young people say

In July 2012 we visited state schools to ask young people aged 14 - 18 what they wanted to know about careers and how employers can help them before they leave school. This is what they said. Watch vox pops with young people aged 14 - 18

Why Inspiring the Future is needed

To give young people:


·         better career insights from working professionals

·         face-to-face access to employers

·         access to mentors

·         access to work experience

·         opportunity to talk to neutral adults about their aspirations and ideas


To give teachers:


·         contact with employers and the opportunity to develop sustainable relationships

·         access to employers to help with careers information, advice and guidance (IAG)

·         access to a pool of potential school governors

·         employee volunteers for enterprise activities, mentoring and a range of roles


To give employees:


·         local volunteering opportunities with young people

·         the chance to develop their personal and communication skills

·         the chance to connect with and support the next generation of potential workers


To give employers:


·         Excellent staff development opportunities, especially for younger staff looking to improve personal effectiveness/communication

·         An effective means of supporting corporate responsibility and long-term recruitment objectives

·         a gateway to working sustainably with schools and colleges, across the country, across a wide range of activities that support learning, progression and institutional performance

·         A 'live' resource 'owned' by the employer, with monthly management information provided on the key activities of employee volunteers

Demand is there from young people

Research by Deloitte in 2010 found 95% of young people said that they 'would like employers to be more involved in providing advice and guidance about careers and jobs'. There is real demand from schools - only 2 out of 10 schools find it easy to get employee volunteers to give careers talks. The transition from education to work has been getting harder in recent years. Even at this time of record youth unemployment the penalty for a wrong careers decision grows greater.



Restructuring of careers provision

The Coalition Government has undertaken a major restructuring of careers provision and introduced a new National All-Age Careers Service.  Schools are now responsible for providing careers guidance themselves and many local authorities have downsized or closed their career services.

This means that schools need assistance if they are going to provide high quality impartial advice. In this context, it is more important than ever that employers consider how to help young people make informed decisions about their futures.

This is especially important to the 1.9 million children who live in workless households.  Such children lack the family connections that can provide information and encouragement to help young people navigate their way through the educational system into work of choice.

Inspiring the Future complements the work of the National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

For further information read: Rationale and Research

Free Inspiring the Future marketing materials

We have a range of free Inspiring the Future marketing materials for employers /volunteers and schools/colleges. These materials explain the programme in a clear and concise way. Here are examples:

A5 leaflet for employers /volunteers

A5 leaflet for schools and colleges

Please email us if you would like some for your events, delegate packs, notice boards or staffroom: enquiries@inspiringthefuture.org