Inspiring the Future; Inspiring Women campaign is up and running encouraging employers of all sectors and sizes to get their female employees talking with girls in state schools about jobs and careers. From architects to zoologists, hairdressers to engineers, our ‘call to action’ is for all women to visit a school (near home or work) to talk about ‘the job you do’ and the route you took. The pledge is one hour, per year. Register here to join us: www.inspiringthefuture.org
Girls love hearing from other women about the world of work and research shows that girls react better to hearing from women, whereas boys respond better to both sexes.
According to research by Girlguiding UK, 55 per cent of girls aged between 11 and 21 say they feel there are not enough female role models. However, in reality, there is a surplus of untapped female role models. You can join our campaign as an independent volunteer, whether a stay-at-home mum, student or self-employed we welcome you.
The aim of the campaign is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, over the next year, to talk to 250,000 young women about the range of jobs available and entry routes into them.
Women working full-time still earn £5,000 a year less than men, though the pay gap in some jobs is three times bigger, according to TUC analysis to mark Equal Pay Day. Let’s ensure future generations of women make informed career choices to change this sad statistic.
The Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaign will reach out to hundreds of thousands of girls across the country. The campaign will help young women to make informed choices to combat mismatch between the aspirations of young people and where the jobs of the future are actually to be found.
If you want to talk about the campaign or have any suggestions to maintain the momentum please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 206 0510
See photos here from our ‘career speed networking’ launch event on 17 October 2013: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157636687433076/