Inspiring the Future

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Also known as the Education and Employers Taskforce. Sister org of Speakers for Schools.

"The Charity, Education and Employers runs Inspiring the Future which connects state schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work. It has been developed following extensive consultation with range of stakeholders – employers, education, government, third sector and intermediaries. Volunteers from Apprentices to CEOs, Archaeologists to Zoologists pledge just one hour a year to volunteer in a state school or college near where they live or work to talk to young people about their job and career route... Launched in July 2012, Inspiring the Future initially covered secondary schools and colleges in England, but has recently been extended to Scotland and the Isle of Man, and is currently being extended to Wales and Northern Ireland. There has also been interest from a number of other countries wishing to use the system and discussions are currently underway." [1]

"The Education and Employers Taskforce was formally launched in October 2009 at Loughborough Primary School in London by the then secretaries of state for Children, Schools and Families and Business, Innovation and Skills. Photos here. While benefiting from initial government funding, the Taskforce was created, from the beginning, as an independent charity. Its creation emerged from the work of the National Council for Educational Excellence (PDF) (NCEE) a committee established in 2007 and then chaired by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown which brought together senior leaders from education and business to grapple with the question of how to make employer engagement in education easier and better for everyone involved. One of the key impetuses for setting up the NCEE was a request in April 2007 to Gordon Brown who was then Chancellor to support the commissioning of an independent study on how business and education could work together more effectively. The letter written by Bob Wigley, Chair of the Business in the Community’s (BITC) education committee and John Griffith-Jones, Senior Partner at KPMG stated that there was a great deal of untapped potential with businesses and school often keen to work together but unsure how to do so. The study which was led BITC’s Director of Education, Nick Chambers examined how existing education and business links could be improved, simplified and clarified. One area of focus was school Governance." [2]

Board of Trustees

Accessed May 2015: [1]

Former Trustees



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  1. Trustees, Inspiring the Future, accessed May 29, 2015.