Employers and Professional Bodies: FAQs

Is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as CRB) check needed?

Do teachers get to see full volunteer CVs in advance of meeting them?

Can an individual sign up without employer backing?

How old are volunteers?

What if I’m not very good at talking to young people? Will I be struck off?

Will it replace existing face-to-face careers advice?

Do you cover primary schools?

Are Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland covered?

How will we reach all regions? Especially rural areas where there are few employers?

How are you engaging SMEs in working with schools/colleges?

Will you extend the menu of volunteering options over time?

Why has something like this not been done before?

Can I register on a tablet or mobile device?


Is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as CRB) check needed?

For Inspiring the Future activities there is no need to be DBS checked as volunteers will not have unsupported access to students. There is also no need for DBS checks because volunteers will mostly go through their employers. Schools are experts on child protection and they choose who has contact with their students.

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Do teachers get to see full volunteer CVs in advance of meeting them?

Teachers see short profiles of employee volunteers which the volunteers have filled in themselves. We take it on trust that individuals have been honest about their skills and experience. There are also legal terms and conditions that you must agree to before registration.

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Can an individual sign up without employer backing?

About half of Inspiring the Future volunteers have signed up as individual as opposed to go through an employer of professional body scheme.

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How old are volunteers?

They are aged 18 right up to retirement age, and we want people of all ages, levels and backgrounds. People in their 20’s are close in age to secondary school/college students who will be able to relate to them, but people with experience can also be invaluable to young people’s decision making.

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What if I’m not very good at talking to young people? Will I be struck off?

You don’t need to be a confident public speaker as career insights and the other activities on Inspiring the Future are informal and you will have the support and presence of a teacher who know the students. They involve talking about what you do every day, so it is subject matter that will be second nature! We offer tips and guidance if you need it. In an exceptional case where there appears to be a problem with someone talking about ‘the job they do’ we would just not match them with other schools/colleges.

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Will it replace existing face-to-face careers advice?

No, that is not the objective. Inspiring the Future does offer face-to-face careers advice, guidance and information from volunteers but it is complementary to other government provided national careers provision. It offers career insights to help inspire students.

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Do you cover primary schools?

Inspiring the Future was rolled out to primary schools in May 2014 working with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), under the name Primary Futures.

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Are Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland covered?

Currently, we are only officially launched in England, but we do have schools and volunteers registered in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As soon as we meet a critical mass we will look to launch in these countries as well.
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How will we reach all regions? Especially rural areas where there are few employers?

We will use local and regional media and create a bank of local spokespeople over time. We can also use our stakeholder networks, large employers with branches, outlets or offices nationally and also gateway organisations, such as the CIPD, IoD, BCC, FSB, TUC and CBI who also have regional branches or chambers.

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How are you engaging SMEs in working with schools/colleges?

We do this through specific campaigns and through our strong links with the Federation of Small Business, British Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. All of these employer representative bodies sit on our charity Partnership Board.

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Will you extend the menu of volunteering options over time?

Yes, in the future we will add to the volunteering menu options to include activities such as work tasters and work experience for students.

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Why has something like this not been done before?

Careers fairs and employers being involved in careers information is obviously not new but bringing together the worlds of education and employment in such a coherent way and having the innovative technology to enable this makes Inspiring the Future so valuable.

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Can I register on a tablet or mobile device?

Yes, with the launch of the new Inspiring the Future portal, you can now use Inspiring the Future on mobiles and tablets to register and message/invite and reply to volunteers.

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Inspiring the Future data is stored in a secure Salesforce.com facility in North America and is due to move to Europe from the 11th April 2016.