Inspiring the Future virtual sessions connect young people with volunteers through interactive online webinars. Just like face-to-face events, sessions show students the broad range of jobs available, motivating them by showing the link between learning and the wider world and inspiring them to believe in their future potential.
Developed together with teachers, the virtual activities are an easy, safe and effective way for young people to connect with inspiring volunteers all across the UK. With quizzes, polls and secure question boxes to promote interactivity and engagement, the sessions aim to excite students about learning, challenge stereotypes, and demonstrate the diverse range of people in different jobs and sectors. During the 2020 summer term, our volunteers and teachers reached 6000 children and young people virtually.
Thousands of volunteers have signed up to take part in remote sessions. So far, students have heard from video producers, doctors, life coaches, business owners, and many more – there is such a wealth of experience and variety among our volunteers.
Students participating in the sessions have said:
“I learnt how important school subjects such as Maths, English and Science are in order to follow your career choice.”
“It showed me that girls and boys can have the same job.”
“I learnt that I already have skills that will help me in my career.”
Teachers have said:
“The quality of the volunteers’ presentations was excellent – I have already had several students contact me to try and speak to them further!” – Katie Foster, Paulet High School and Sixth Form College
“[The best part was] the inspiring volunteers who were clearly passionate about their jobs and helping young people.” – Rachael Talbot, King Edward VI College
How does it work?
Schools can invite volunteers to help with a wide range of virtual activities, and we provide resources and guidance on best practice formats as well as template presentations. As safeguarding is an absolute priority for schools, activities have been tailored to strictly meet these requirements.
- Sign up or log into your portal.
- View our resources to help you plan your activity.
- Go to “Search for volunteers” and tick “Remote volunteers” at the bottom of the page to choose from thousands of volunteers willing to speak virtually. You can also filter by sector.
- Send selected volunteers an invitation to your activity, giving them details such as year groups involved and key focus points for the session.
- Once your volunteers have accepted the invitation, send them additional information.
- Email us if you have any questions along the way. We are always here to help!
Sessions with employers
We are running special virtual sessions with volunteers from the NHS, Bank of America and the aviation sector. These are great opportunities for students who are keen to find out more about specific industries. Get in touch if you are interested in planning an activity with one of these employers.
NHS pre-recorded Careers Chat
We have produced a pre-recorded Careers Chat with brilliant volunteers from the NHS to showcase the broad range of roles available in healthcare and the varied routes people take to get there. Access the Careers Chat via this short form. The chat is accompanied by a resource to help you and your students get the most out of the session.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions along the way – we are here to support you.