We’d like to invite you to give an hour and make a difference to the future career choices that a young person makes.

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Get involved

Share your career journey and insights with young people in schools and colleges in your local community.

Your unique industry knowledge and experience as someone who owns or works for an SME can make a difference to the options a young person considers for their careers.

You could be the person who changes the life of a young person, just by showing them what is possible.

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Benefits to your business

The Give an hour campaign is a great way to give something back to your community and ignite your team at the same time.

It helps give young people in your area the skills and knowledge that they need while also potentially finding new recruits for your business.

By becoming involved, you can shape the future leaders in your community.

I love running CV writing, interview skills and personal brand sessions with young people, it gives me an amazing feeling of giving back and the feedback I get is truly uplifting and invigorating.

Sarah Hopkins Director, Hopkins Longworth Ltd

What can you do in an hour?

It might feel like an hour is too short to have a real impact, but we know from experience that an hour can create new perspectives and inspire new ideas.

You could speak to a class about your sector, play a role in a business competition, carry out a mock interview or support a CV workshop.

Even these short activities make a big difference and can change a young person’s life.

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Give an hour … change a life

Would you like to be the person that inspires a young person’s future?

Register your interest here

Your questions answered

You will be contacted by one of our Enterprise Coordinators who works in your region. They will contact you to discuss your involvement further and identify suitable activities for you to get involved with.
You will be contacted within 5-7 working days.
You do not need to have previous experience – a number of careers activities are informal. Your experience of the world of work and sharing your own career journey is invaluable in helping young people to shape their thinking about their career path. You will have the support of the Enterprise Coordinator and school/college and can work with them to agree an activity that suits your experience.
Individual volunteers are able to sign up to be involved, as well as a group of employees or the entire business. If you work in a large organisation you might have someone responsible for schools outreach so do check internally (perhaps with your HR team) if there is a programme you can volunteer through.
The requirements to protect young people vary depending on the length and type of activity being undertaken (see below). However, the key point is that the school will determine what is required for the activities you are offering to undertake and will let you know what (if anything) you need to do to comply.

In principle:

  • If you are working as a volunteer in a school and the activity with young people is supervised and infrequent (less than 3 times a month), it is unlikely the school will require an enhanced DBS check, but they may still ask for you to complete one.
  • If you are volunteering more frequently (3 times or month +) in schools and the work is supervised, an enhanced DBS check may be required.
  • If you are working unsupervised and delivering any form of regulated activity to a young person or group of young people, the school will require an enhanced DBS check with a Children Barred list check.
  • In all cases it would be down to the individual schools to ensure the safeguarding of the children is acceptable and in line with their safeguarding policy and the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education.
If you have any other questions about getting involved or the Give an hour campaign, please contact our Employer team on employers@careersandenterprise.co.uk.