Give an Hour

Make a difference, give back to your community and raise awareness of your business or industry

Give an Hour is a national initiative! A great way to make a difference, give back to your community and raise awareness of your business or industry supporting your Corporate Social Responsibility along with wider personal and professional benefits.

Explore upcoming opportunities to support the lives of young people

You can’t be what you can’t see. For some young people in our region who are preparing to make the next step into employment, the transition is daunting. Through our brilliant and growing network, we are making high quality careers information a reality, working in partnership to support young people to make confident, informed choices.

Our volunteer programmes have space for business professionals across the region.

Select from Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes or Northamptonshire in the table below to find volunteering opportunities near you.

Event DateEvent TimeYear GroupsNamePost CodeEvent TypeAimWhat you need volunteers to do
21/05/20248.45-11.008Alameda Middle SchoolMK45 2QRCareer Carousel To provide pupils information and inspire them of the vast array of careers/field of work that is out there, routes in to careers.This will run a little like ‘speed dating’, where we would like you to share information about your career or careers available in the field of work or in the company, as well as routes into it. Pupils will have the opportunity to ask you questions about it
05/06/249.15-17.1512 Wixams Academy MK42 6BAKS5 Careers Day To inform students about apprenticeships Talk to students about their apprenticeship – What was the application process like? What is it like to be an apprentice, do you have any tips for people looking for an apprenticeship
08/07/24 to 12/07/24TBA12Mark RutherfordMK41 8PXWork ExperienceTo give students the opportunity to work in a business/company for a week, enabling them to gain experience of the working worldProvide a work placement for a week for a student/s, from 9-5 or similar working hours
08/07/248:45 -12:008 or
10
Lincroft AcademyMK43 7RE
 
Bedfordshire
Speed Networking
 
Mock Interviews
Year 8 Options – to inform students of different career paths/roles & relevance to options choices

Year 10 Pre-Work Experience mock interviews, what to expect on WEX
Y8 Event Speak to small groups of students re their career path/job roles

Y10 Event Ask interview questions to small groups of students, one answers, maybe 2 observe, make notes etc
12/07/2408:00 – 13:0010Samuel Whitbread AcademySG17 5QSMock InterviewsDevelop our year 10 students confidence and interview skillsInterview students, the questions will be prepared for you in advance and refreshments will be provided.
Every Tuesday 1.15pm – 2pmAll year groupsHarlington Upper School LU5 6NX
 
Bedfordshire
Employer InsightsEmployers to come in and speak to students about their job, career journey, and employability tips/advice.Speak to students, talk about their job and career journey.
Every Wednesday2.30pm – 4pmYear 12 and Year 13Harlington Upper SchoolLU5 6NX
 
Bedfordshire
Apprenticeship EnrichmentGive students an insight into the different apprenticeship opportunities.Speak to students about undertaking an apprenticeship and answer any questions they have. We are also need employers to do Mock interviews.
Any Thursday or Friday 14.10 -14.355 to
8
Holywell Middle SchoolMK43 0JA
 
Bedfordshire
Careers assembliesTo give every child in the school at least one career themed assembly per term, from a wide variety of sectors. Year group assemblies. 180 students per year group.Talk to large group of students about your job, how you got into it, qualifications/skills needed etc and to allow time at the end for pupil questions.
Flexible – Tuesday or ThursdayFlexibleAged 16+Central Bedfordshire College – The IncubaLU61AAInsight into Sustainabilty CareersTo give students a relevant and better understanding of industry related to sustainability  – in ground heat pumps, sustainable heating, solar panels and electric car chargers. So they are able to make informed decisions on what they may choose to do in the future.Give information on ground heat pumps, electric car chargers, solar panels & sustainable heating. 
FlexibleFlexibleAged 16+Central Bedfordshire CollegeLU61AACareers Insight for Digital MediaTo give students an insight into careers in the industry, or an opportunity to experience a typical task/technique/software used within the industry. Provide an interactive session of up to 1 hour, either at the college, or at a place provided by the volunteer, for a group of up to 50 students (can be as low as 10) 
FlexibleFlexibleAged 16+Central Bedfordshire CollegeLU61AACareers Insight Hair and Beauty To give students an insight into careers in the industry, or an opportunity to experience a typical task/technique used within the industry. Provide an interactive session of up to 1 hour, either at the college, or at a place provided by the volunteer, for a group of up to 50 students (can be as low as 10) 
Event DateEvent TimeYear GroupsNamePost CodeEvent TypeAimWhat you need volunteers to do
There are currently no Give an Hour opportunities in Luton.
Event DateEvent TimeYear GroupsNamePost CodeEvent TypeAimWhat you need volunteers to do
22/05/24All day8 & 10St Paul’s Catholic schoolMK6 5EN
 
Milton Keynes
Careers FairTo give pupils the opportunity for meaningful encounters with a range of providers to understand the pathways available to them.We will provide them with a stand and they will meet pupils throughout the event to talk about routes into their sector, qualifications and job opportunities.
Event DateEvent TimeYear GroupsNamePost CodeEvent TypeAimWhat you need volunteers to do
22/05/2409:00 – 15:0010DSLV DaventryNN11 4LJYear 10 mock interviewsGive year 10 students their first taste of a job interview and help them learn the dos and don’ts Needed for ½ hour slots and would see 10 students in a day so need around 15 employers – lunch provided
13/06/2409:00 – 15:0010Shenley Brook End SchoolMK5 7ZTCareers FestivalTo allow all our Year 10 students at the 5 Dimensions Trust an opportunity to meet with local and regional education and training providers and broaden both their horizons and their knowledge about future careers and pathways.Volunteers would be provided with an exhibition area within the school theatre allowing students to move around the event in an exhibition format.
26/06/248.30-15.159Bishop Stopford SchoolNN15 6BJEnterprise dayDevelop students employability and enterprise skills through team games, activities and presentations.To students undertaking set enterprise tasks via a range of group work activities.
Your role would be to encourage students working on tasks, help to review and assess tasks, and presentations, and assist in selecting teams for prizes.

Students will work in small teams in a classroom with a teacher leading and directing the pre-set activities.   You would work with the same classroom groups across the day approx. 18-24 students. There will be groups in 4 classrooms all coming together for presentations and prizes towards the end of the day.
We would also like you to provide an overview of your career journey and the company you work for to these students.
27/06/248.30-15.159Bishop Stopford SchoolNN15 6BJEnterprise dayDevelop students employability and enterprise skills through team games, activities and presentations.To students undertaking set enterprise tasks via a range of group work activities.
Your role would be to encourage students working on tasks, help to review and assess tasks, and presentations, and assist in selecting teams for prizes.

Students will work in small teams in a classroom with a teacher leading and directing the pre-set activities.   You would work with the same classroom groups across the day approx. 18-24 students. There will be groups in 4 classrooms all coming together for presentations and prizes towards the end of the day.
We would also like you to provide an overview of your career journey and the company you work for to these students.
27/06/2411.00 – 12.409Prince William SchoolPE8 4BSMaths Career FocusTo motivate, inspire and improve the aspirations of our young people. A 10 to 15 minute presemntation  covering how they found maths at school, their journey to their current job, what maths  they use regularly & what they enjoy about their job. 
01/07/2309:30 – 11:308 and 9DSLV Daventry NN11 4LJDragons DenDSLV E-ACT academy are holding a Dragons Den event for years 8 and 9 from 1-3 July. Volunteers will be required to support students with their enterprise, give feedback and judge the entries. Need to fill 7 x 2 hour slots with employers . minimum commitment would be 2 hours, maximum commitment ½ a day (4 hours)
05/07/2412.20-16.3010 opening to all after schoolLodge Park AcademyNN17 2JHLodge Park Academy Careers FairBroaden the aspirations of our students.

Challenge stereotypes. 

Increase students’ awareness of the vast array of careers available to them.

Raise awareness of different pathways into careers.

Give students and their families the opportunity to speak to local employers and 

gain knowledge from their experience. 
Host a stand, speak to students and answer any questions they may have about the workplace and routes for that career path.
12/07/2409.00 – 13.308, 10, 12Huxlow AcademyNN9 5TYCareers FairTo provide encounters with employees and HE providers so that students are aware of options beyond GCSE’s and A LevelsStalls to advise students and inform them of careers choices, workplace opportunities, apprenticeships, courses available, programmes of study/work etc.
15/07/248.45-15.157-10Guilsborough AcademyNN6 8QE‘Squashed Tomatoes’ engineering challengeWe’re running the Squashed Tomato Challenge: https://practicalaction.org/schools/squashed-tomato-challenge/#resources

This will be a day-long project, run on 4 consecutive days on a carousel with a number of other activities for our Enrichment Week. Each day will be one year group from year 7 to year 10.
We’d love some engineering experts to support our teachers in the classroom to inspire, encourage and enthuse our students and support them in their design, build and presentation processes.
We’re also looking for people who have a background in charity / community projects who might like to help launch the project each day.
18/07/2410:00 – 13:0010Abbeyfield School NN4 8BUCareers Fair To link employers with students Volunteers to have a stand at the careers fair to discuss their organisation to students. 
FlexibleTBC9Sir Christopher Hatton Academy NN8 4RPYear 9 Work Place VisitsTo provide our year 9 students with an experience of the work place which is relevant to their chosen options subjects. This will bring the curriculum to life and support our students in gaining an overview of what it is like to be in a work place as well as the jobs available in that specific industry. We are looking for a large organisation, local to the Wellingborough / Northampton area what would be willing to provide a work place visit for a coach size group of students studying Business, ICT and Computer Science . The visit would be fully staffed by subject teachers.  & ideally activities would include; a tour of the workplace, finding out about about jobs & the industry and for students to complete an activity / task and gain feedback on their performance.
Any day9:05 – 15:1510 – 13Manor SchoolNN9 6PAClass careers talks – 1hourDepending on your capacity to provide students with an insight into your career journey, day to day activity in role, sector or routes, qualifications, training, skills required.  To provide insight into recruitment practices, salaries, best/worst aspects.Flexible with focus of the sessions for groups of max 25 students. Interesting and engaging talks or presentations and any hands on tasks/activity or props/accessories for students to see/try.

Help develop the workforce of the future

This is an opportunity for you to help build the talent of the future, create lasting relationships with potential employees, and give back to your community. Your unique industry knowledge and experience is an invaluable resource to students and can help make a real difference in a young person’s future.

To volunteer, email [email protected] stating which activity you are interested in and our local Enterprise Coordinator will introduce you to the school Careers Leader.

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