Our Inspiration For Innovation Volunteer Network is expanding

This article was written by Danielle Humphreys, Client Engagement Manager at Gaia Innovation Ltd.

The Inspiration for Innovation programme created by Gaia Innovation works with schools to develop an employer engagement strategy and helps them to plan carefully for every interaction between students and employers to ensure they have a positive impact and to build long-lasting relationships. 

Currently the Inspiration for Innovation programme running for and sponsored by MEPC, Silverstone Park has a fantastic network of around 40 volunteers from multiple businesses at their location. These volunteers give their time and expertise as ‘real-model’ individuals supporting the necessity for children in the area to have encounters with the world of work, as outlined in the National Careers Strategy published 2017. Employer engagement reduces the likelihood of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) and young people who do 4 or more activities during secondary school are less likely to be NEET during their 20s.

We are exceptionally pleased to announce that the network of volunteers available for our Inspiration for Innovation programme has been bolstered by a commitment of support from the UK Automotive 30% Club a voluntary group of MDs and CEOs from automotive manufacturing, retailing and supplier companies. The club was founded by Julia Muir, CEO of Gaia Innovation Ltd, with the purpose of achieving a better gender balance within the automotive industry, and with the aim of filling at least 30% of key leadership positions in the member organisations with women by 2030 through a “30 by 30” strategy, which you can read more about here.

This collaborative approach from diverse volunteer networks shows positive action and will allow stronger impact across the programme giving a great focus on inclusion and gender equality, especially relevant right now during ‘National Inclusion Week’.

Gaia Innovation is aiming to help every child reach their best employment destination. If you would like to join the Gaia Innovation volunteer network please do contact [email protected]