How to sign up as an employer

How do I sign-up as an Employer?

To sign-up to Inspiring the Future for an employer is free, and for that we offer a unique Inspiring the Future URL which you can embed into promotional copy which employees click to sign-up, making it easier to track sign-ups and activity as your organisation name is hard coded.

We will also assign you a member of the engagement team to deal with any queries and help you may require.

What kind of reporting do you provide?

We provide regular reporting on employee activity so internally you can report back, and we are happy to chat through different types of promotional activity we may be able to help with. The reports include:

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Activity Information – name of school, town, activity requested e.g. career insight, help with CVs, number of hours requested to volunteer
  • Employees Reply – Are the happy to attend or unable to attend

Step-by-step guide to registration for employers

The registration process

How to register as an Employer

Either go to ‘Register now’ and click ‘Employers register here’ and complete a few details about your organisation, or you can contact the engagement team directly at and someone will get back to you to talk through the options.

When signed up – what your employees will need to do

Your employees will be asked to click on your unique URL and then asked to provide a few more details, and what they can offer as a volunteer.

This will take volunteers to the Inspiring the Future secure portal, where they will be asked to provide a few basic details, their email address and password and a few more details about themselves, and what they can offer as a volunteer.

They’ll be asked to select specialisms and activities that they can volunteer for – currently these are:

Specialisms Activities
Apprenticeships Career Insights
Design and Manufacturing Help with CVs
Enterprise/Entrepreneurs Mock Interviews
Financial Literacy Numeracy relating to careers (Primary)
Maths – Using it at work Reading relating to careers (Primary)
Science and Technology Being contacted about becoming a school governor
Languages – French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu, Arabic


(Private email addresses and phone numbers are not visible to either party). School teachers/Governors will search for volunteers from their ’Find Volunteers’ page, and send invite messages to appropriate volunteers, asking them to get involved in an activity they have coming up. Volunteers can either accept or decline the event depending on their workload and availability.

Inspiring the Future Invitations

Teachers can contact volunteers and invite them to their Inspiring the Future event. Volunteers will receive the invite message containing the time commitment requested and the activity date, if defined, they can reply to indicate if they are able to be involved or request further information. Ongoing conversations can take place where they can change your availability, if necessary, and feedback is automatically triggered to participants after the event.


We ask a few questions of both volunteers and schools about how the event went, and we strongly recommend that this is completed, as it allows us to keep an eye of the quality of volunteers and whether the service is working for both parties. We also use your feedback to report to funders, which will help to keep this service free to schools and volunteers.

Planning and preparation

Volunteers can expect invite messages from teachers in schools/colleges once they are matched in the system. When you are contacted you might want to talk about:

  • Length: how long you can be with the students
  • What topics you can cover and how can you best use your expertise
  • The equipment available (if relevant)

Before the session

  • Volunteers should arrive in good time before the session to give them the best opportunity to speak to the teacher and set up the room
  • If they are going to be late or cancel their appointment, they need to let the teacher know as soon as possible
  • Ensure you know which member of staff will be with you during your visit
  • Tell them if you need a car parking space

Other practical guidance for employers

For more detailed guidance read our LATEST Employer Presentation for advice on how to get started and plan your work with schools and colleges.