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Working together to help young people achieve their potential. @ Edu_employers. Context. When it comes to deciding on a career today’s young people face very difficult decisions and the financial penalty for making a bad decision is higher than ever before.

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working together to help young people achieve their potential

Working together to help young people achieve their potential




When it comes to deciding on a career today’s young people face very difficult decisionsand the financial penalty for making a bad decision is higher than ever before


What influences young people?

    • Family, relatives / friends of family / relatives
    • School teachers
    • curriculum
    • Careers advisors
    • Media inc social media, web etc
    • Employers /ees- working in range of industries and across the private, public and third sectors

Key findings:

  • 95% of young people would like employers to be more involved in providing advice and guidance about careers and jobs
  • 42% of young people had no contact with employers at all
  • Young people who had been in contact with four or more employers were nearly twice as likely to believe that they had a good idea of the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs they wanted to do
  • 90% of employers agreed they should take a role in helping to provide careers advice related activities to young people
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Professor Louise Archer, King’s College, London

Survey of 9000 10/11 year old children

taskforce yougov survey of 19 24 year olds
Taskforce YouGovsurvey of 19-24 year olds

Correlation between NEET status at 19-24 and number of employer engagement activities undertaken whilst in education (aged 14-19)

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  • It’s who you meet: why employer contacts at school make a difference to the employment prospects of young adults –
  • Shows a significant link between young people’s experience of the world of work whilst at school and the chances of them becoming NEET
  • 26.1% of young people who could recall no contact with employers whilst at school went on to become NEET
  • This reduced significantly to 4.3% for those who had taken part in four or more activities involving employers
  • National Careers Council – ‘An Aspirational Nation: Creating a culture change in careers provision’ –
  • Calls for more careers insights for young people, and highlights how employers could support schools and colleges and give young people insights into the world of work
  • ‘Employers should encourage their employees to volunteer to go into schools and colleges to give students insights into different careers, enthuse them about the world of work and provide access to active experience of work’.

Our vision: to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK's future prosperity.

Our Partnerships Board

Senior representatives of the national organisations representing schools and colleges;

...and employers;


What is Inspiring the Future?

    • Inspiring the Future is a FREE service whereby employees from all sectors and professions from Apprentices to CEOs pledge one hour a year to volunteer to go into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers, and the education routes they took
    • It is a FREE service endorsed by Government (with cross-party support), the UK’s main teacher and employer representative organisations and many leading employers
    • It makes a difference to young people. Good quality research shows that who you meet as a teenager shapes the success with which young people go into adult life
    • Teachers overwhelmingly want young people to hear more from people in the workplace

We have signed up nearly 16,000 volunteers from 4,000 different organisations and our growth is steadily rising

  • Over 6,000 teachers from more than 3,00 schools and colleges have already signed up, and we have recently launched our Primary Futures campaign to primary schools
  • Over 40,000 invites have been sent from teachers to volunteers

School Teacher Cumulative Line Graph

Volunteer Cumulative Line Graph


Benefits for Employers

    • Free secure service that makes it easy to engage with state schools and colleges by matching employee volunteers
    • Communicating with young people offers excellent personal development opportunities for employees
    • An effective means of supporting corporate social responsibility and long-term recruitment objectives
    • A gateway to working with schools and colleges, across a wide range of activities that support learning and progression
    • Free reports for employers through dedicated registration links
  • "I just thought I would drop you a note about the careers fair today. It was a great event where
  • young people were given the opportunity to explore ALL the different options open to them
  • when they leave school. The young people I met were really engaged and I really enjoyed
  • assisting them on widening their horizons". Volunteer PwC

Benefits for Schools and Colleges

  • Nearly 16,000 diverse volunteers waiting for teachers to invite them to talk to their pupils about their jobs, and the routes they took to get there, or even CV and interview insights at the click of a button

How does it work

  • When teaching staff log on to the system, they get a list of all those people registered in their area who can speak to young people about different specialisms and activities, and it’s a simple process to send a message through the system to get in touch

"The applicants really enjoyed the session and it was great to have help from such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer. In fact, 2 out of the 6 applicants who attended the session on 17th January, have since secured an Apprenticeship position which is brilliant". Northampton College


Types of Events – Schools/Colleges use ITF for

Careers Fair

Careers Networking



Signing up is quick and easy

Add different specialisms

Tell schools a little bit about your job and qualifications

Add different locations where you can volunteer in

Select different activities you could help with


Example of volunteer profile

that a teacher will view


Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women Campaign

  • The Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaigns aims to get 15,000 inspirational women by the end of 2014 into schools, talking to girls to broaden their horizons and raise aspirations

Follow the Inspiring Women blog:


Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Languages

  • Already there are hundreds of volunteers who use languages in their jobs who've offered to go into schools to talk to pupils from lawyers to engineers and psychologists, using their languages in organisations ranging from Rolls Royce to Save the Children, from PR companies to banks.
  • Languages include French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu, and many more.
  • Inspiring Languages Week is promoted jointly by charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, the British Council, the British Academy, Speak to the Future, Routes into Languages and many other organisations
  • How to get involved
  • Existing Inspiring the Future volunteers, or people signing up to Inspiring the Future for the first time, simply go to: and either login or go to register and click ‘Volunteers register here’.
  • In the ‘My Job Profile’ section, they select ‘Languages’ from the section ‘Do you have experience at work of any of the following’ and their profile will be available to teachers looking for people that can speak to young people about using languages in their job/career.

"Inviting working professionals into schools to give pupils first hand insights into the breadth of the jobs market and its recruitment demands is a great example of the sort of good practice that Ofsted expects schools to include when providing young people with effective independent careers guidance."

Karen Adiaanse HMI, National Lead for Careers Guidance, Ofsted


Key Contacts

  • For any queries please contact: