Become a Brightside Online Mentor through TechFuture Ambassadors
Brightside has now joined the list of TechFuture Ambassadors volunteering organisations. If you work in tech, find out more about online mentoring and how you can positively impact young people's tech career choices and opportunities.
What difference can volunteering in schools really make?
If you’re a volunteer, a teacher, a parent, a CSR manager in a company – or just someone who cares about this subject – please let us know your views. Contact us or tweet #TechFutureAmbassadors
Tech Partnership and TCS nominated for ‘Best Partnership’ national CSR award
The Tech Partnership and Tata Consultancy Services have been nominated in the category of Best Partnership in the Community (Joint Award) in the 2017 National CSR Awards.
Shining the spotlight on tech careers
TechFuture Ambassadors are tech and digital professionals from across the sector who volunteer their time in schools to inspire young people about the exciting career opportunities in tech, and to help them learn valuable digital skills and knowledge. There's a variety of ways to get involved depending on your talents, location and availability.
TechFuture Ambassadors is generously supported by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Why become an Ambassador?
There’s a massive digital skills challenge in the UK.
It’s estimated the UK needs 1.4 million new tech and digital professionals over the next decade to fulfil demand, but too few young people are choosing tech careers. It’s especially challenging to attract girls into tech: did you know that only 16% of all tech specialists are female - a number that hasn’t changed in ten years? Research by the Tech Partnership and Nesta suggests the problem may be related to a lack of inspiration and education. 82% of school-age children say they are interested in learning more about technology outside the curriculum, yet only 1 in 60 has access to digital learning opportunities outside the classroom.
By becoming a TechFuture Ambassador, you can help meet this challenge by:
- Encouraging and developing the next generation of young talent into tech careers.
- Spreading knowledge about your business and the tech roles within it to local young people.
- Being part of a growing national network of peers who are making a long-term, positive contribution to the future of the tech sector.
What's involved in being an Ambassador?
Because every TechFuture Ambassador has different talents and preferences, there’s no one way to be a great Ambassador - you choose what suits you best. For some ideas and tips, watch our instructional videos and access the resources.
Find your perfect match
Find out more about the TechFuture Ambassadors network providers below and register with your best match(es). Get started today!
Brightside is a social mobility organisation which supports young people all over the UK to make confident and informed decisions about their future. If you are interested in a flexible approach to mentoring, Brightside will put you in touch with young people to mentor online, to help raise their aspirations and confidence in choosing a career.
The Careers & Enterprise Company is a government-backed network that connects schools and colleges, employers and careers programme providers, to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people. If you are a senior business person willing to work with one local school’s leadership team, to help them develop effective local employer engagement plans, working with other local businesses as well,engage with local businesses for the benefit of their students future careers (you will be supported by a full-time Enterprise Coordinator, and will need to commit to 8 hours per month for one academic year) - Download the employer pack with details of how to get involved.
Choose Founders4Schools if you are willing to join other successful business leaders who volunteer an hour of their time to help students with their career and subject choices at critical junctures of their lives. After signing up, you'll start hearing from primary and secondary school teachers who'll ask you to visit their classes or host their classes at your business.
Inspiring the Future is a free service where people from all sectors and professions - from apprentices to CEOs - pledge one hour a year to visit local state schools and colleges to talk about ‘the job you do’ and ‘the route you took’. If you are willing to speak to students in primary, secondary schools and colleges about your job and the route you took to get there using an online matching service (minimum commitment: one hour per year) -
The UK-wide STEM Ambassadors Programme works with thousands of secondary schools and STEM employers to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that bring learning and career opportunities to life. If you are happy to be contacted by email with a range of volunteer opportunities and requests received from secondary schools by a local STEM-focused partner (minimum commitment: one activity per year).