At Inspiring the Future, we are passionate about ensuring that young people are aware of all the different routes into a career.

Through the Inspiring the Future platform and our close work with employers, schools and colleges can invite volunteers who have experience of apprenticeships to talk to their students and volunteers who have apprentice experience can sign up as volunteers.

We have over 7,000 volunteers happy to speak to students about apprenticeships, from current apprentices to those managing apprenticeships in their place of work. These volunteers could support with a range of activities across all age groups from primary to secondary, from sharing insights via an assembly or classroom talk, doing a Q&A with students, or talking informally over a lunchtime event.

From 2015 to 2019, in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, we delivered the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) across London and the South, working with over 700,000 young people in over 2,000 schools and colleges to increase understanding of apprenticeships and help teachers prepare students for taking this route.

We also work with lots of large employers to help showcase apprenticeship opportunities in their organisations.  In recent years, we have partnered with Microsoft, GSK, Mullen Lowe, JP Morgan, and the Institute for Apprenticeships to run thematic events with students at their offices.

If you are an employer, apprentices, or someone passionate about apprenticeships and would like to go into schools to share your insights with young people, sign up to Inspiring the Future here.

If you are a member of staff at a secondary school or college and would like an apprentice to open your students’ eyes to this route into the world of work, sign up to Inspiring the Future here.