History of the charity

2009     The Education and Employers Charity launched.
Our aim is to give young people the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential, by ensuring that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers.

2010     Visit our Schools campaign launched to connect businesses with schools.
Our first campaign put CEOs into state schools and colleges across the country, to talk about their route to career success. It fostered over 700 new connections between education and employers.

2011     Speakers for Schools launched
Working with journalist Robert Peston, to realise his idea of getting industry leaders to inspire state school children, we created the Speakers for Schools programme. More than 1,000 influential and leading figures in their fields give talks in state schools across the country. It became an independent charity in 2013.

2012     Inspiring the Future launched
Giving young people, wherever they live and whatever their social background, the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs. Innovative, online, match-making technology quickly, easily and for free, connects schools with a huge network of specialist volunteers to come into their schools.

2013    Inspiring Women launched
To reduce gender stereotyping in the workplace by showing girls the wide range of job opportunities available to them across all industries. The programme explores careers in sport, gaming, motor industry, the Forces, science, tech and music as well as many other industries. To date, over 20,000 women have talked to 500,000 girls about their careers.

2014     Primary Futures launched
Taking our inspirational programme into primary schools, where even at this young age; children identify with particular future roles. Volunteers go into schools to show children the links between what they learn now and what they could be in the future.

2015     Education and Employers goes global
Our ground-breaking programmes, research and technology receive much international attention and we work with partners in over 35 countries to share our expertise and experience. In December 2015, Inspiring Women was launched in Bangladesh and the following year Inspiring the Future launched in China and Australia.

2016     Inspiring Governance  launched
Connecting volunteers with business-related skills to schools and colleges in England looking for Governors. It also provides support to the volunteers, governing bodies and companies wishing to encourage their staff to be governors.

2017     Inspiring Women in Science with L’Oreal launched
Working with the L’Oréal team, we pair inspirational women in science with primary schools, to help instil a love of the sciences at a young age and to excite them about the possibilities of a science-based job.

See a detailed history of the charity.