Inspiring the Future is an online volunteer matchmaking platform enabling teachers and careers leaders to connect with a diverse range of exciting and engaging volunteers from the world of work.
There are over 1000 virtual STEM volunteers on the platform available to join your activity, spanning a variety of job roles and levels. Virtual activities are teacher-led, so schools can search for volunteers they would like to attend their activities, and host sessions on a tech platform of their choice. Activities can be tailored to suit the needs of their students and meet several Gatsby Benchmarks. Virtual activities are available to all state schools including SEND schools, FE colleges and pupil referral units.
Schools can plan a wide range of exciting virtual activities including:
STEM volunteers talk to students about their career journeys, the range of pathways they took to get into STEM, and the challenges they faced along the way. Sessions link curriculum learning to careers and support students to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations, alongside challenging stereotypes about the jobs people do based on their social background, gender and ethnicity. We have a range of guidance on our platform to support school staff to create these activities.
Inspiring the Future is a permanent programme. Sessions are created by school staff and can vary in length, but typically last around 1 hour. Teachers can use Inspiring the Future to create as many opportunities as they want.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.