How does Inspiring the Future work for professional bodies?
Inspiring the Future Australia aims to work closely with professional bodies/associations helping them to embed the program in their work, encourage volunteering within their membership, promote their association and inspire young people to pursue careers in their industry.
Registered associations can upload their logo to appear on the Inspiring the Future website. Additionally, associations can circulate a custom Volunteer Sign-Up link to members
In the near future, Associations will also be able to monitor the activity of linked volunteering members and view feedback from schools.
What is Inspiring the Future?
Inspiring the Future is a free service that connects teachers from all Australian schools and colleges with volunteers who have pledged to give just one hour per year to speak to young people about their job, career and the educational route that they took. Volunteers and schools are connected securely online, with volunteers receiving invites from local schools and colleges to see if they can attend activities during the academic year.
What type of professional bodies do you work with?
We plan to work with a broad range of Australian Professional Bodies and associations representing as many industry sectors and professions as possible.
Can our association register with Inspiring the Future?
Professional bodies/Associations can register as an organisation ( see " How to Sign Up")
school activity options are available to professional body/association members as volunteers?
Schools may invite members to volunteer for any career or education activity. The following activity options are common examples;
Career Insight Talks and Activities
Speaking to groups of young people about your career journey and education pathway, and what work you do now. -providing information on skill requirements and possible education pathways that lead to future employment in your industry. You could do this by offering students short careers talks including a Q&A session, presenting at a career fair, or participating in activities such as Speed Career Networking and ‘What’s my Line” or being involved in an ‘Inspiring Women’ activity.
Involving yourself in consultations with teachers who seek to enrich school curriculum by offering your input to students so they can develop an appreciation of how their academic and vocational school subjects and learning activities are relevant to and are being applied in your career, workplace and industry.
Help with Resumes and/or Realistic Mock Interviews
Giving young people feedback and advice on their Resumes – helping young people practice their communication skills in realistic mock interview scenarios for jobs, Apprenticeships, Higher Education entry etc.
Enabling the voices of employers and young people to be shared and heard through authentic career conversations. In practical terms, this means a pair or small group of young people sitting down with you (as an employer/ee) and discussing what you both hope for and expect from each other. Young people and employers learning
Reading or Numeracy
Reading to children or listening to them read in a primary school, either individually or in groups. This could be a one-off activity or it may evolve into more regular involvement depending on the needs of the school and availability of the volunteer - taking part in a numeracy related activity with a group of primary school children
Benefits for Professional Bodies/Associations
Free secure service that makes it easy for your staff and/or members to engage with schools and colleges by matching employee volunteers with school requirements
Communicating with young people offers excellent personal development opportunities for employees and members
An effective means of supporting corporate social responsibility and long-term recruitment objectives for your profession/industry
A gateway to working with schools and colleges, across a wide range of activities that support learning and progression
A custom sign up link so that employee volunteers can see the association logo on ITF site and sign up page
Association member volunteers can be linked to the Association record
Association logo will appear on volunteers’ cards in teacher search results
Statutory child protection checks are not normally required for career talks as a teacher will always be present
Hear a volunteer explaining the benefits of Inspiring the Future for professional associations and employers;
Get in Touch
If you’re a professional body interested in getting involved with Inspiring the Future Australia in any way, please contact us to explore options. We can also discuss the option of having one of our staff members deliver an Inspiring the Future presentation to your organization personnel and/or members.
We would also love to hear from you if you would like to facilitate and/or sponsor one of special focus campaigns such as