Resources and guides

Inspiring the Future has a wide range of free resources to support you with planning activities using volunteers. These resources have been created with teachers and schools around the country and  include:

  • Step by step guides on how to run different activities including speed networking, careers fairs, CV workshops and mock interviews
  • Top tips for teachers on how to use the site and how to use volunteers
  • Guides on how to embed volunteers into your curriculum
  • Toolkits for preparing your students for activities and to support reflection and measuring of impact after sessions
  • Guides for virtual activities, including information on tech platforms and safeguarding.

To access and download these resources, please register for Inspiring the Future above or log into your account. Head to ‘Resources’ on your portal home page.

Please contact the team if you have any questions or ideas on other resources that would be helpful.

Here are some other useful free resources to help you with thinking about how you might use volunteers from the world of work in your school or college:

  • This presentation provides an overview of the charity and our programmes.
  • A short film explaining the aims of Inspiring the Future, its impact and how the technology works

  • A video explaining our virtual interactive sessions

  • This leaflet, ‘The case for employer engagement’, provides an overview of the impact of employer engagement in schools and colleges, with some lessons from the research around best practice.
  • This brochure, ‘About our Volunteers’, created by Inspiring the Future tells you about the wide range of volunteers available and willing to visit your school or college and talk with students about the job they love and the route they took.
  • We have partnered with icould to produce this guide which will help you to understand how you can use volunteers and videos together to support careers insight activities and in your classroom.

Overview for schools: Key learnings from our 2020 report  

This major report reveals a disconnect between young people’s career aspirations and jobs in the UK, whether current vacancies or projected demand. This report is based on an international survey of over 8,500 people aged 14-18. There were over 7,000 responses from young people in the UK and this report focuses on their responses.

The Inspiring the Future team has designed a quick overview of the ‘Key learnings‘ from this new report that can help schools understand the need of career related learning events in schools

Read the full report.