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Q. Can you provide services to schools and colleges outside of Hackney, Camden and Islington?
A: We are sometimes able to provide our programmes outside of these boroughs, but this depends on existing provision in the area. Please get in touch to discuss individual requirements.
Q. I’m a student looking for a work experience placement. Can you help?
A: Our work experience programme is coordinated through secondary schools and colleges. Students should speak to the careers representative at their school if they wish to take part in work experience. You could also visit our advice for young people page for advice on finding work placements and more.
Q. Can you arrange work experience placements for students with special educational needs or disabilities?
A: Yes – we will ensure that students with SEND are placed with a suitable employer, and that the placement is tailored to their needs.
Q. I’m self-employed. Can I volunteer for Inspire!?
A: Absolutely! We accept volunteers from all kinds of career paths, including entrepreneurs and those who are self-employed.
Q. Do I need a DBS check to volunteer?
A: Most of our programmes do not require a DBS check. You will only be required to complete a DBS check if you are working with a young person one-to-one on a mentoring programme.
Q. Is it free for businesses/individuals to get involved?
A: We do not charge companies or volunteers to take part in the majority of our programmes. Hosting work experience is free and you will not be expected to cover student expenses.
You will, however, need to cover any staff travel expenses incurred through volunteering. There is also a small fee for companies taking part in Primary Mentoring to cover the cost of DBS checks and training.
Q. How can I demonstrate my volunteering experience?
You can show your commitment to volunteering by including us on your LinkedIn profile. Just search for Inspire! Education Business Partnership under Volunteer Experience on your profile.
An example summary could read: “I take part in Inspire!’s voluntary programmes to help prepare young people for the world of work and raise their aspirations. Programmes I have volunteered on include:
- Careers Carousels: speed networking events at schools and colleges where volunteers share their career experience with young people.
- You’re Hired: an interactive employability day where volunteers help students gain job application and interview skills.”