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Schools engagement - Inspiring the Future

Engaging future project professionals is a vital activity in ensuring that the APM vision of a world where all projects succeed is achieved. APM currently works with Inspiring the Future to facilitate this engagement.

Inspiring the futureWhat is Inspiring the Future?

Inspiring the Future is a free service which will see tens of thousands of people from all sectors and professions go into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers and the education routes they took. 

Everyone from CEOs to apprentices can volunteer for Inspiring the Future

Recent graduates, school leavers and people in the early stages of their career can be inspirational to teenagers - being close in age they are easy to relate to; while senior staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Your insights will help to inspire and equip students for the next steps they need to take.

How it works

Follow this link to sign up. By signing up, you make it easy for local schools and colleges to get in touch to see if you can help them help their pupils make better decisions about the future.  You might be asked if you could take part in a careers’ fair, in career networking (speed dating about jobs) or do a lunchtime talk to sixth formers about your job and how you got it.  Typically, volunteers will go into schools just once a year to speak with young people. During busy times, it’s easy to suspend your account.

Inspiring the Future: free, easy, effective & fun

Volunteering for Inspiring the Future is free, easy, effective and fun. Volunteers and education providers are connected securely online, and volunteering can take place near home or work as employees specify the geographic locations that suit them. Criminal Records Bureau checks are NOT needed for career insights talks.

Why volunteer in a local school or college?

  • To help young people make informed choices. Going into state schools and colleges can help dispel myths about jobs and professions, and importantly, ensure that young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it.
  • Practice communication and presentation skills in a different environment. Young people are a receptive, enthusiastic and inquisitive audience; they often ask unexpected questions.
  • Getting young people interested in your job, profession or sector can help develop the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future.