The Inspiration Programme broadens the horizons, thinking and experience of young people
The Inspiration Programme is designed to broaden the horizons, thinking and experience of young people, to make them aware of how our society works and help them understand what their place in it is and can be. The one-year Inspiration Programme provides direct experiences and real interactions with motivational individuals and organisations.
The programme is entering its fourth year in 2020/21. It is being delivered in schools and colleges across Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties with students in year groups, from year 10 to year 13.
Addressing the knowledge and skills gap in careers education
For students and soon-to-be graduates, entering the world of work can be a daunting prospect. While many schools do offer work placements during a student’s school journey, these are often short-term experiences that don’t allow students to gain deep insight into a working environment. Career advice is typically aimed at getting students through the door rather than equipping them with the practical skills and knowledge for what happens next in the workplace.
The Inspiration Programme provides students with practical experiences not only in corporate environments but in charities, cultural institutions and local government. It helps students develop a broader skill set, empowering them to become more well-rounded with better communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills so they can thrive in their future professions and beyond. All of this can help individuals to become more confident as they seek to open more potential career paths.
For schools this is a programme which helps fill gaps in their delivery of careers education and enrichment activities which meet Ofsted’s Inspection Framework and aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Further information for schools
- Information for schools
- Hands-on careers education
- An enrichment programme broadening aspirations of students
- Unlocking new career ideas based on personal interests
- Getting students out of their comfort zones
- Careers education beyond the classroom
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The Inspiration Programme
This programme fills gaps in existing provision by creating opportunities for young people, providing unique and unprecedented access to five important elements of our society:
- Police and Criminal Justice
- Health & Wellbeing
- Arts & Culture
- Community & Environment – new for 2019/20
A crucial aspect of the programme is that it engages students in real experiences. Around half of the 30 sessions take place outside of the classroom with a range of experienced and valued partners.
Each 6-week pillar starts with an inspirational session. An external guest challenges any preconceptions and encourages students to embrace new ways of thinking. The final session of each pillar supports students to reflect on the enriching experiences of the previous weeks, and to consider the range of associated career opportunities.
The programme supports young people to have greater belief in their own abilities by becoming more skilled problem-solvers, better team-workers and stronger communicators. As a result young people will be more self-motivated and better prepared to transition from education into employment, benefitting both themselves and their potential employers.
Meet The Inspiration Programme Team
Inspiration Programme Manager
Business Development Manager
Real stories and contributions from young people, parents, staff, members and partners – inspiring young people to become inspiring young people. | All Stories
The programme supports young people to have greater belief in their own abilities by becoming more skilled problem-solvers, better team-workers and stronger communicators. This is Charlie’s experience on The Inspiration
The Inspiration Programme broadens the horizons, thinking and experience of young people. This is Jasmine’s Inspiration Programme story: “The pillar to do with police and criminal justice system was perhaps
Tracy and Ray offer their first hand experience of The Inspiration Programme and how it can realign thinking, open up opportunities for new career choices, and even university degree options.