'My volunteering experience was extremely fulfilling. A great experience. Both myself and the students gained a lot from this.'
Volunteer, Interview Practice, March 2016
'Thank you for an informative session - it was thouroughly enjoyed by all. Pitched and engaged perfectly.'
Assistant Head Teacher, March 2016
'I have enjoyed being able to talk to someone who has experience in working for a business. I now feel more confident and believe I can achieve a lot in life'
Make the Grade
Birmingham Volunteering Opportunities
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 below:
Want to bring the world of work to life for a group of students? Workplace Visits are a great way to do this and can offer young people a great chance to broaden their horizons and develop their skills in a new environment.
What does a Workplace Visit involve?
Hosting a group of up to 15 students at your workplace for around a two hour period, students will be given an introduction to your business and a tour of your offices, followed by a short interactive activity to really give them an insight into what you do.
The Make the Grade team is on hand to help with what this might look like, and visits can focus on a particular team within the business or the business as a whole.
We are currently looking for businesses to host workplace visits for both primary and secondary students.
If you'd like to host a Workplace Visit or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lucy Hardman.
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: the working world, business etiquette, raising aspirations, and key growth industry sectors.
We have a number of slots available for speakers in primary and secondary schools between April and July.
If you'd like to be one of our Guest Speakers or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lucy Hardman.
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.
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 up to July.
If you'd like to help develop the skills of the next generation of interviewees, please contact Lucy Hardman.
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 an Employability Workshop 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.
Employability Workshops usually last around 45 minutes and take place in school. Common topics include: teamwork, problem solving, business etiquette, and communication. We are currently looking for volunteers for these events March to July.
If you and your colleagues would like to share your knowledge via an Employability Workshop or find out more about this particular activity, please contact Lucy Hardman.
World of Work Days
World of Work Days take place in primary schools with the aim to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and challenge children to think about the world of work, their future, and how to achieve their goals.
What does a World of Work Day involve?
Business volunteers sign up to work with a class of Year 5 or Year 6 pupils for a full school day. Using our pre-prepared World of Work Day materials, the day is facilitated by the class teacher(s) who will engage the volunteers to complete activities with the pupils throughout the session.
Volunteers can sign up individually or put forward a group from their team to take part. We are currently recruiting volunteers for various dates throughout the school year.
To sign up to a World of Work day, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lucy Hardman.
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.
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. We are currently looking for volunteers for Careers Events throughout the year.
To sign up to a Careers Event, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lucy Hardman.