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Give back to your community next year

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It’s the time of year when many of us exchange gifts but have you thought about giving back to your community? One of the ways you can do this is by volunteering to take part in our Inspiring Young People programme.

We currently have a number of school projects across London waiting for you to join one of our teams.

You’ll be working with a team of cross-departmental civil servants to prepare activities. You will then help deliver the sessions to typically a group of Year 10 students over a six week period, (one afternoon or morning each week). As you build a rapport with the students you help them gain confidence and employability skills such as team working, communicating, CV writing and interview techniques - all in a fun and engaging way.

You’ll benefit from working with colleagues from other government departments while the students will learn from your experience and skills. The time commitment is around 3.5 days spread over a 6 to 8 week period, typically a half day each week with the students and some time for planning.

We need volunteer team members to be ready to start in a few weeks, probably going into the schools from mid February but this is subject to discussion with the school so you need to be flexible.

We are looking for team members in the following schools:

Up to the challenge? Then just complete these easy steps:

  1. Read about the role
  2. Discuss with your line manager to ensure that they are fully supportive
  3. Decide your preference of school (in order of first, second choice or no preference)
  4. Contact us confirming you have your line manager’s agreement and stating briefly why you are interested in joining the programme and any relevant experience you have by 4 January. Date now extended to 18 January

doing this was a terrific chance to – just maybe – help raise the aspirations of a group of pupils who might not otherwise have thought some of the career options we talked about were for them. And it’s not just the pupils who were inspired. I came away feeling like we made a real impact. (Ben Golding, BEIS)

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