Many young people often have little idea what a career in manufacturing is like, and their knowledge and understanding of the job opportunities in the sector is limited. From the perspective of a young person, the range of career options in manufacturing can seem either daunting or unattractive, with a misconception of what working in manufacturing really means.
There is no doubt that they need a much better understanding of the job opportunities that the sector offers, and one of the best ways of achieving this is as simple as it is effective: meeting people from the world of work.
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Inspiring the Future is a free service that already connects over 10,500 teachers from 6,000 state schools and colleges with over 34,000 volunteers from Apprentices to CEOs, who have pledged to give just one hour per year to speak to young people about their job, career and the education route they took. Volunteers and schools are connected securely online, with volunteers receiving invites from local schools and colleges to see if they can attend events during the academic year.
Signing up is quick and easy. When completing your profile, in the ‘My Personal Details’ section, under the heading ‘My memberships of Professional Association …’ please enter EEF and ‘EEF The Manufacturers Organisation’ will appear for you to select.
By signing up, you make it easy for local schools and colleges to get in touch and invite you to help their pupils make better decisions about their futures. You can decide from a range of activities you can participate in from talks about your career to supporting with mock interviews and even becoming a school governor. You can also enable young people to become interested in your job and sector, dispelling myths and helping to develop the talent pool to ensure a skilled workforce in the future.
Visit the website Inspiring the Future for more information or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
Research done by the charity Education and Employers, which runs Inspiring the Future and its Primary Futures and Inspiring Women campaigns, has shown that young people who can recall four or more interactions with employers are less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and have higher earnings potential.
Gender stereotypes about careers are developed at a very young age, which is why the Charity started its Inspiring Women campaign to enable more children and young people to challenge their views of what they could do and broaden their aspirations. Its 2 minute video #redrawthebalance that shows the reality of gender stereotyping has been viewed over 25 million times.