Rowena Harding, Research Communications Officer for the Global Development Institute, offers her time to motivate and inspire young people in state education. She would encourage others to get involved to mutual benefit.
Inspiring the Future is a charity with an online “match-making platform” to connect schools and colleges with volunteers from a range of sectors and professions. Teachers register volunteering opportunity and volunteers register with a short profile. Volunteering opportunities are broad and can include giving a talk on career progression, conducting mock interviews or speaking at events and fairs. Volunteers are emailed opportunities and can make a decision to go ahead or not. Rowena recently conducted mock interviews for more than a dozen year 10s in the space of a morning! “It was very worthwhile from both perspectives as I was able to give constructive feedback to young people about what employers are looking for but it also gave me a real insight on the pressures of being a school leaver.”