The programme aims to:
- attract the future healthcare workforce by getting young people interested in different roles and professions within the NHS
- develop the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future
- help young people make informed choices and consider the full range of roles and professions within the NHS, help to dispel myths and ensure young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it
- ensure the future workforce is representative of the communities it serves.
Volunteering with Inspiring the Future is free, easy, effective and fun. Volunteers and education providers are connected securely online, and volunteering takes place either virtually or near home or work as volunteers specify the geographic locations that suits them. Disclosure and Barring Service are not needed for career insights talks and educational activities 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 them 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 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.
To find out more about the NHS Ambassadors programme and to register as a volunteer please visit the Inspiring the Future website or for more information please contact Mitus Castillo at Education and Employers.
In June 2021 and in partnership with Education and Employers, Health Education England launched the ‘NHS Ambassadors: how you’ve helped 400,000 young people’ report.
The report details the background and impact of the NHS Ambassador programme and details the benefits and difference volunteering makes to young people, education providers and NHS Ambassadors. For the full report please visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
A document containing answers to frequently asked questions can be found here: Frequently asked Questions.