Every young person in our country, wherever they live, whatever their parents or carers’ circumstances, should have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of volunteers and hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work.

Research shows these interactions lead to improved attainment, broadened horizons and raised aspirations. And they challenge stereotypical views often formed at an early age, about people and the jobs they do based on gender, ethnicity and social background.

Education and Employers is an independent UK-based charity launched in 2009. We want all our young people to become excited by learning and their potential, to see what is possible, and to make informed decisions about their futures.

We work with state schools, employers, the national bodies that represent them and a wide range of other partners including the government and third sector organisations.

Our activities include:

Education and Employers Research
Exploring the impact of employer engagement in schools on young people and the economy, our research informs education policy and practice and drives our own activities. Working with academics and researchers from around the world, key findings show encounters with people from the world of work can boost young people’s academic performance, raise earnings in adult life, and lower the likelihood of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Inspiring The Future
This free, national service connects volunteers from the world of work with state schools and colleges, quickly, simply and at scale. Over 60,000 volunteers have enabled nearly two million interactions between volunteers and young people to date.

From app designers to zoologists, apprentices to CEOs, volunteers give from an hour a year to share their career story with a local school. Activities include career insight talks, speed networking, mock interviews and CV workshops, as well as opportunities for workplace visits, job shadowing and mentoring.

Our interactive virtual sessions help young people wherever they live – from inner cities to rural and coastal communities, or areas with a narrow economic base – to interact with volunteers from a diverse range of jobs and backgrounds.

The service also includes Primary Futures, the counterpart to Inspiring the Future for primary-aged children, and the careers website icould.com, which features over 1000 real-life career videos, labour market information and practical guides.

Inspiring Governance
Inspiring Governance is a free online service, matching schools and colleges in England with skilled volunteers interested in becoming a school governor or trustee. Funded by the Department for Education, the service aims to raise school standards.

We make a positive impact on a global level, sharing our research, supporting affiliate activities with partners around the world, and contributing to the international dialogue on employer engagement, alongside bodies such as the OECD and the World Economic Forum.

We would like to thank teachers, schools, partners, employers, volunteers and government who have supported our mission since our launch. We are particularly grateful to Bank of America, our key strategic partner and lead corporate supporter since 2012.

Together we are making a difference.


Read more in our 10th anniversary brochure.