The programme aims to:
- attract the future healthcare workforce by getting young people interested in different roles and professions within the NHS and help to develop the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future.
- ensure the future workforce is representative of the communities it serves.
- help young people make informed choices about the range of roles and professions within the NHS. By volunteering with a school or college this can help dispel myths and importantly, ensure young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it.
Volunteer with Inspiring the Future
Volunteering with Inspiring the Future is free, easy, effective and fun. Volunteers and education providers are connected securely online, and volunteering takes place near home or work as employees specify the geographic locations that suits them. Disclosure and Barring Service are not needed for career insights talks, as a teacher is always present.
Being an NHS Ambassador is also a great personal and professional development tool, allowing employees to gain confidence by speaking to young people about their role, and helping to understand the application and recruitment process.
Once signed up, a local school or college may invite you to take part in a careers fair, in career networking or a lunchtime talk to young people. Schools and colleges in the local area will send secure messages directly to volunteers to see if they can attend. Typically, volunteers will visit a school or college once a year to speak with young people. Currently, all volunteering opportunities are taking place virtually.
On the 24 June 2021 Health Education England and Education and Employers formally launch the ‘NHS Ambassadors: how you’ve helped 400,000 young people’ report.
The report details the background and impact of the NHS Ambassador programme as well as detail the benefits and difference volunteering makes to young people, schools and colleges and NHS Ambassadors. For the full report please visit.