What volunteers do
Having the opportunity at school to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is really important – particularly for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities.
As a volunteer, your commitment can be as much, or as little, as you can offer: from giving up just one hour a year to share your career journey with young people in a state school, to exploring the bigger commitment of becoming a school governor.
Volunteering positions could include but are not limited to:
Provide a regular commitment to visit a school to support learning. Volunteers are invited to spend time listening to readers/ mentoring students etc
Volunteers supporting employability
This can be in a number of ways such as:
Attending a careers fair allowing students to speak to a range of people about different career routes.
Assembly talks or presentations: Volunteers can speak to larger groups of students to help inspire them and to increase understanding of different jobs in the world of work. Topics could include their career to date, focus on their current role or sector. Talks can act as insight in to the daily life of working in a given field or role, and support the broadening of career aspirations.
Subject talks: Volunteers can give talks in lessons, teachers can help to increase motivation and participation in the classroom by providing real life examples of how certain subjects or topics can be applied in the world of work. Volunteers could talk about how they use maths in their work, or to talk about the importance of languages within their role.
Mock interviews: Schools can host a wide range of volunteers who can act as interviewers, giving students a chance to experience what a real job interview might be like.
CV Workshops: Volunteers can be used to supplement career or employability events or sessions, through supporting work on CVs. Volunteers can be asked to take part in sessions that provide feedback on CVs, or asked to run workshops on constructing a successful CV. These activities will allow students to gain feedback on their current CVs, so that they can prepare themselves fully for when they do apply for jobs, giving them the best chance of securing a job.
To apply or to request more information on any volunteering roles, please click here.