Inspiring the Future Australia also plans to run a number of campaigns and themed events encouraging employers and volunteers from specific sectors, professions and demographics to work with schools, TAFE’s and youth organisations to inspire the next generation.
Primary Futures aims to raise aspirations by helping primary aged children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work and to motivate them to improve their academic performance. The ask of volunteers is the same, with a commitment of one hour a year to talk to young people. There are however, additional activities of reading and numeracy which are specifically aimed at the primary audience.
Take a look at an overview of what the program has achieved in the UK here.
Current and former apprentices are encouraged to talk with young people about what an apprenticeship is and how you apply for one, through year round campaigns that will be run in secondary schools and colleges. Check out our successful pilot here.
Inspiring Futures for Young Women Australia
We plan to mirror the success of the national Inspiring Women campaign in the UK, which already has over 20,000 amazing women ready to talk with girls in schools about the ‘job they do’ and route they took. The purpose is to raise aspirations and break down industry gender stereotypes which are evident from as early as age of 6. This will be launching in May 2018!
Designed and Made
Themed events encourage schools and colleges to invite volunteers that design and make things; from T-shirts to aeroplanes, furniture to glassware. This is in order to give students insights into a range of career options in this huge and fascinating arena in which Australia excels.
This will involve encouraging language teachers to invite volunteers using languages in their job to talk with school and college pupils to bring classroom learning to life. See the UK’s practical guide to Inspiring Languages: Inspiring Languages pamphlet (PDF)
We are currently seeking partners to support and deliver a number of other campaigns tailored to the needs of Australia’s young people across the nation.