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Education and Employers Charity

Ensure that every young person in our country has the opportunity to meet a diverse range of volunteers to hear about jobs and the world of work.

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About us

Who we are

Education and Employers is a UK based charity launched in 2009 which aims to“provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential”. The charity believes that every young person in our country, wherever they live, whatever their parents or carers’ circumstances, should have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of volunteers and hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work.

To help make this happen the charity works with state schools, employers, the national bodies that represent them and a wide range of other partners including the government and third sector organisations.

Its flagship service, Inspiring the Future, uses innovative online match-making technology to connect schools and colleges across the country with tens of thousands of volunteers working in different sectors – for free. These volunteers, from a huge range of jobs – from app designers to zoologists, and at all levels – from apprentices to CEOs, have signed up to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm about their jobs with young people.

The charity’s research has shown that meeting people from the world of work helps to broaden young people’s horizons, raise their aspirations and increase motivation to learn which leads to improvements in attainment. It also helps tackle the ingrained stereotypical views children often have about the jobs people do based on their gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background.

People can volunteer from an hour a year in a local primary (Primary Futures) or secondary school to chat informally, either in person or virtually, about their job and career route, take part in career speed networking sessions, give young people careers insights, mock interviews or feedback on CVs.

There is also the opportunity to link up with schools for workplace visits, job shadowing, and mentoring. Tens of thousands of volunteers have enabled over two million interactions between volunteers and young people to date.

Inspiring Governance launched in 2016 and is funded by the Department for Education. The free matching service connects highly skilled volunteers who wish to become governors or trustees with state schools across England, helping to increase the diversity of governing boards and raise school standards.

Education and Employers also undertakes research into the effectiveness of employer engagement in education. It aims to bring together academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners from around the world to consider what interventions have most impact.

Our culture and values

As a charity, we are committed to embodying our values in our work with schools, volunteers, employers and staff. We strive to be inspiring, inclusive, innovative and impactful, and to act with integrity in all that we do.


This value stands for what our charity is about, linking the world of work with education, to inspire children from all backgrounds to seek the very best future possible. We will encourage and support our energetic staff, empowering them to do a great job.


We will work collaboratively with employer, volunteer and education partners to champion equality, offering inclusive solutions that meet the diverse needs of all children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.


We will undertake and share our pioneering research, using our Innovative technology to offer creative solutions for the times. We will look to form new partnerships in the interests of children, do things differently and have a ‘can do’ attitude.


We will seek to ensure that everything we do makes a real difference on children’s lives. We will ensure we draw on the diversity and talents of all our staff to do this, encouraging and challenging each other to improve ourselves as colleagues and to deliver a better service.


We will work with integrity to achieve our aims. This final value underpins all our other values. In everything we do we will be respectful, open, and honest. We will operate with a strong ethical foundation and build trust with stakeholders and between colleagues.

Equality, diversity and inclusion policy


• recognise that everyone has a right to their distinctive and diverse identity

• have a workforce which generally reflects the clients, customers we serve

• understand how diversity can improve our ability to deliver better services

• provide services that are responsive to our clients, customers’ needs

• provide all employees with the necessary training and development they need to contribute to our goals

• provide a supportive, open environment where employees may use their talents fully and where they are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, in an environment free from abuse or offensive behaviour, bullying or harassment, intimidation or prejudice regardless of a protected characteristic (age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or philosophical belief, sex or sexual orientation) or additionally, any impairment, responsibility for dependants, social background or any other individual characteristic which may unfairly affect their opportunities in life. 


Enhanced maternity leave

Enhanced maternity leave

Remote/hybrid work

Remote/hybrid work

Flexible working hours

Flexible working hours

Life insurance

Life insurance

Enhanced pension

Enhanced pension


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