For Volunteers

Primary Futures – what’s it all about? Primary Futures Australia aims to raise aspirations and, by helping children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work, to motivate them to improve their academic performance.

Volunteers from a wide range of professions and different backgrounds – from Apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists – give an hour to visit a local school where they talk about their job to enthuse the children about the opportunities open to them and how important literacy and numeracy are.

We know that for children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. Children who can see the relationship between what they are learning and the possibilities it opens up for them in later life are likely to be far more motivated achieve.

Getting the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is particularly important for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities.

JOIN US by pledging one hour a year to change young lives by volunteering to talk with students in a primary school – whatever your job, career or life stage!

See a Flickr photo album from a Primary Futures event in a school in Oxfordshire.

Advice for volunteers

The following guide may be helpful to you as a volunteer:
Top tips for volunteers presenting in primary schools

Read this one-pager to ensure that you get the maximum number of invitations from schools and colleges.
‘Top Tips for Volunteers’.(PDF) 

There are a number of other resources available to volunteers on the Inspiring the Future Australia home page under the ‘Resources’ tab.