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Connecting with schools and colleges

The Ambassadors Toolkit provides you with a careers presentation and lesson activities that you can use (or adapt) in schools to promote and engage young people in the world of town planning.

 

There are many ways to get in touch with schools, though it can take some patience and perseverance. Teachers are always grateful to receive visitors with expertise to share but are also very busy professionals. Here are some suggestions to help:

  • Contact a school you are already familiar with. This could be a local school, your old school, a school a friend or family member works at or the school your children attend.
  • If you are a student, your University may have a Schools Officer who can put you in contact with local schools.
  • To find contact details for schools in your area and contact the careers advisor or geography department, use

There are several organisations that link volunteers with schools. Registration is often quick and easy. They can then support you in finding and delivering an activity. You can find out more about them below...

 

By registering with Inspiring the Future, schools and colleges across primary and secondary can contact you by sending secure invitation messages through the system.

Careers in Focus supports you in planning and delivering a 60 minute interactive session about your work that can range from a simple presentation (you could use the one available in the resource area of the Toolkit) to a skills-based workshop.

Remember to complete the feedback form after the event and ask the teacher or organiser to complete it too. Thank you!

Become a STEM Ambassador. STEMNET's networks keeps STEM Ambassadors up to date with a wide range of opportunities and requests from schools. To become an ambassador, apply online, complete an induction and an online Enhanced DBS Disclosure application.

Founders4Schools events are 1 hour long with 2 to 4 leaders of fast-growing companies sharing lessons from their career journeys and answering the students' questions. You can quickly sign up online to be added to their database and they use your LinkedIn profile to populate your Founders4Schools profile.

Career Ready offers a range of flexible volunteering roles to help prepare young people for the world of work. Register online to get involved. If you wish to be a mentor, you will have to complete the DBS process.

The IntoUniversity Business in Focus programme is a high impact, one day opportunity for corporate volunteers to support a group of students in years 9-13 through an employability focused workshop hosted at your offices. Activities are prepared and managed ahead of the event by IntoUniversity staff, so that volunteers can engage on a purely one off basis. To find out more, email volunteering@intouniversity.org.

Careers Lab supports businesses who have a careers programme and wish to develop a structured and coordinated approach working in partnership with other companies in this arena. You can register online to liaise directly with schools and build awareness of your company and sector.

Industrial Events is supported by supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and runs experiences for young people ages 11-19, helping to raise their aspirations and give them a real insight into a career in industry. Your company can register interest online to help develop its future workforce.

School Employer Connections enhance the range and quality of links between the world of work and the world of education in Northern Ireland. You can provide work experience placements or host study visits to your workplace.