How to sign up

How the process works

How does the sign up process work ?

Follow the ‘register now’ link, and click ‘Volunteers register here’ from the home page, or click your employer’s unique Inspiring the Future registration.

This will take you to the Inspiring the Future portal, where you will be asked to provide a few basic details, your email address and password and a few more details about yourself, and what you can offer as a volunteer.

If you’re a member of a professional body, please type in the name/s and search for the professional body when completing your profile in the section, ‘My active professional memberships’.

You’ll be asked to select specialisms and activities that you can volunteer for – currently these are:

Career Insight Talks and Events-

Speaking to groups of young people about your career journey and education pathway, and what work you do now. -providing information on skill requirements and possible education pathways that lead to future employment in your industry. You could do this by offering students short careers talks including a Q&A session, presenting at a career fair, or participating in events such as Speed Career Networking and ‘What’s my Line” or being involved in an ‘Inspiring Women’ activity.

Curriculum Link

Involving yourself in consultations with teachers who seek to enrich school curriculum by offering your input to students so they can develop an appreciation of how their academic and vocational school subjects and learning activities are relevant to and are being applied in your career, workplace and industry.

Help with CVs and/or Realistic Mock Interviews

Giving young people feedback and advice on their CVs – helping young people practice their communication skills in realistic mock interview scenarios for jobs, Apprenticeships, Higher Education entry etc.

Exchanging Expectations

Enabling the voices of employers and young people to be shared and heard through authentic career conversations. In practical terms, this means a pair or small group of young people sitting down with you (as an employer/ee) and discussing what you both hope for and expect from each other. Young people and employers learning together, will help young workers (including students on placement) and their supervisors to be both more fulfilled and productive in their work.

Reading or Numeracy

Reading to children or listening to them read in a primary school, either individually or in groups. This could be a one-off activity or it may evolve into more regular involvement depending on the needs of the school and availability of the volunteer - taking part in a numeracy related activity with a group of primary school children

 (Private email addresses and phone numbers are not visible to either party).


If the school/college request is accepted, once it has taken place an automated feedback form is sent to the volunteers involved. We ask about how the event went. We strongly recommend that this is completed, as it allows us to keep an eye of the quality of volunteers and whether the service is working for both parties. We also use your feedback to report to funders, which will help to keep this service completely free to schools and volunteers.

Top Tips for Volunteers

The 'Hints and Tips for Inspiring the Future Volunteers' registering with Inspiring the Future is a one-pager to ensure that you get the maximum number of invitations from schools and colleges.

If your ready to sign up, do it now!