Make the Grade 

How can you take part in our activities?

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Interested in getting your business involved with local young people? Want to develop your own skills, such as presenting, communicating, and leading in the process? 

Find out more about the opportunities we currently have available.


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Guest Speakers

We're looking for inspirational speakers to motivate the future workforce. Whether you're a Director or an apprentice, if you've got an interesting story, or just want to share your knowledge, we want to hear from you.

What does being a Guest Speaker involve?

Talks usually last around half an hour, including time for questions from students. Common topics include: working world expectations, raising aspirations and key growth industry sectors.

We have a number of slots available for speakers in secondary schools. Please click here to see available dates.


If you'd like to be one of our Guest Speakers or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Careers Panels

Careers panels are the perfect way for students to learn from business people from a wide range of sectors. Our interactive quiz format encourages students to ask business volunteers their own questions about career journeys, sectors, key skills needed for employment and the different roles available in a business. 

What does being a panellist involve?

Panels usually last around an hour and we can send you sample questions in advance. Common topics include: the working world, skills required for your industry, key growth industry sectors and routes into employment.

We have a number of slots available for panellists in secondary schools. Please click here to see available dates.


If you'd like to volunteer for a careers panel or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Interview Practice

Give students a valuable (and often brand new!) experience of what a business may seek when looking for new recruits at one of our Interview Practice sessions.

What does Interview Practice involve?

Students are interviewed individually by business volunteers, followed by a short feedback session with their interviewer. Volunteers usually take part in Interview Practice for half a day or a full school day.

These sessions are open to anyone - whether you've never interviewed anyone before and would like to develop your own skills, or whether you'd like to practice your honed interviewing technique on a new audience.

We are currently recruiting for Interview Practice sessions throughout the year. Please click here to see available dates.


If you'd like to help develop the skills of the next generation of interviewees, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Workshops & Industry Days

Share your knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the working world by facilitating an interactive employability workshop in one of our Make the Grade schools with your colleagues. 

What does a Workshop/Industry Day involve?

Use your own creative flair or work with the Make the Grade team to produce a workshop that will enable students to understand core employability skills.

Workshops usually last around 45 minutes and take place in school. Common topics include: teamwork, problem solving, business etiquette, and communication. Volunteers usually carry out their workshop with several groups of students on rotation throughout a whole school day.

We are also looking for businesses to come into schools and help us deliver interactive workshops from a mixture of key growth sectors ncluding engineering, infrastructure and digital. These workshops offer great opportunities to bring your field of work to life and encourage the students to learn more about the role you do and the opportunities available post-study in your sector.

Please click here to see available dates.


If you and your colleagues would like to share your knowledge via a workshop or find out more about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Careers Events

A Careers Event provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to talk to students about working life, their sector and different career paths.

What does a Careers Event involve?

Volunteers are asked to attend a marketplace event with stalls and promotion materials and talk to students about their role and business. Careers Events are usually half a day or a full school day.

The event teaches students about employability, routes into the workplace and the event can be used to promote work placement opportunities. This is also a fantastic opportunity to network and meet other businesses in your local area.

Please click here to see available dates.


To sign up to a Careers Event, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Enterprise Challenge

Students undertake an exciting challenge with a real-life brief set by a local employer. Challenges develop skills and knowledge of various sectors and job roles whilst improving commercial awareness, teamwork and communication.

What does a Careers Event involve?

Volunteers attend for a school day, helping to deliver pre-prepared workshops to help students understand the brief and develop their ideas. Volunteers will then help judge the presentation entries at the end of the day and offer feedback and pick a winning team. Minimal preparation is required and volunteers from all business backgrounds are welcomed.

Please click here to see available dates.


To sign up to an Enterprise Challenge, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lola Wilson.