Pledge one hour a year to change young lives

Pledge one hour a year to change young lives

Could you volunteer one hour of your time, once a year, to inspire young people?

Inspiring the Future is a free service that sends volunteers from all professions into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and sectors.

The aim is to raise young people’s aspirations by giving them insights into different careers.

Over 75% of state secondary schools have signed up, alongside 13,000 volunteers from 4,000 companies, since Inspiring the Future was launched in 2012.

Anyone can volunteer – whether you are a young apprentice, graduate recruit or a seasoned chief executive.

From 30 June to 4 July, the campaign is focusing on careers in design and manufacturing. People who design and make everything from airplanes to mobile apps will be visiting schools across the UK.

Sue Ferns, Prospect’s director of communications and research said: “Surveys show that manufacturing simply fails to register on the career aspirations of many young people. We need to make sure that young people know that there are futures to be had in designing and making things.”

Another offshoot is the national Inspiring Women campaign which runs until March 2015.

Inspiring the Future is coordinated by the Education and Employers Taskforce, an independent charity.

If you would like to volunteer, please visit Inspiring the future.