Schools and colleges

Inspiring the Future connects teachers from schools and colleges with volunteers in a huge range of jobs, from app designers to zoologists and from apprentices to CEOs, through our secure online platform.

In 2020 we launched virtual interactive sessions to enable schools and young people to connect with volunteers remotely. Find out more.

Our research has shown that encounters with volunteers from the world of work can reduce the chance of students becoming NEET. Our ‘Motivated to achieve‘ report shows that three or more career talks can have a positive impact on student attainment with those less engaged or with low academic attainment benefitting the most.

Volunteers have signed up to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm about their jobs with your students. They have indicated which areas they would like to get involved in and in the sections on the left you can see our advice about which ones work best for different year groups you can see more bespoke ideas by clicking on the links on the left. Here is a sample:

  • Apprentice talks
  • Career Talks and assemblies
  • CV workshops
  • Drop down career days
  • Enterprise events
  • Language links (using a language in your job)
  • Mock interviews
  • Oxbridge mentoring
  • Subject talks (how they use their academic subjects in their jobs)
  • Support for particular annual events – eg Science Week, Black History month
  • Speed networking
  • Work Experience – support and placements

Our highly skilled team have developed a range of resources with teachers for teachers, to support these activities. By registering you can access all of these through our portal.

Teachers and volunteers are connected through a secure online platform. Teachers select and invite people who best meet the needs of their students from a range of sectors, professions and experience – making those key local connections or linking with people across the UK virtually.

Watch this film to see how easy it is to register and connect with volunteers through our online platform.

Find out how virtual interactive sessions work: