Volunteer as a speaker

Do you want to motivate and inspire young people to realise their potential and to consider employment opportunities in the food, drink and retail industry? Can you offer your time to volunteer as a speaker at a motivation and information session in a state sixth form college?

If the answer is yes, we’d love to hear from you. You’ll join a growing UK network of over 300 volunteer speakers from industry who find their volunteering with us rewarding and enjoyable. And you’ll get as much out of the experience as the students.

See what our volunteer speakers say about their experience

Our sessions are two-hours long and take place in a state sixth form college with groups of 50 – 100+ students.

We usually book three volunteer speakers from industry for each session and where possible, we match our volunteers with colleges local to them. Our volunteer speakers come from all disciplines and levels in a company, and each has 10-15 minutes to tell their career journey from the age of 16 onwards. This is your chance to give young people starting out, the advice you wish you’d had when you were younger. Talks are followed by a Q & A session and time for informal networking.

Why volunteer for us?

  • A great opportunity to put something back
  • Inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential
  • Personal development
  • Access to potential new talent for your business
  • Raise your own and/or your company’s profile
  • Support a college local to you (we’ll match you to a local college if we can)
  • Raise awareness of opportunities in your industry
  • Network with other speakers
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Employee volunteering programmes 

If your company runs an employee volunteering scheme, or is thinking of setting one up, the Working Options programme could provide an ideal opportunity. If you’d like us to run a ‘lunch and learn’ session for your staff, we’re happy to come along to your workplace.

Like me, many Diageo employees are looking for opportunities to give back to the local charities and communities that we live and work in, so with an expanding network and a need for motivational speakers of all ages and experience, Working Options provides a great fit for us. We held a lunch and learn session in our London office attended by around 75 employees and the session was a great success. It was informal yet informative and engaging, and we signed up over 50 volunteers on the day. Julia Dixon, Senior National Account Manager, Diageo

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Thank you to our volunteers

A big thank you to all our volunteer speakers who give up their time to motivate and inspire young people to realise their full potential. We have speakers from a wide range of companies including:

Dentsu Aegis Media | Asda | Bird’s Eye | Britvic | CocaCola | Dairy Crest | Easyjet | Finsbury Foods | Kelloggs | Nintendo | Pizza Express | Sainsburys | Sacla |Tesco | Tyrrells Crsips | Yankee Candle


Our volunteer speakers tell us they get as much out of the experience as the students.


Having enjoyed a successful career in the Food and Drink industry, I’m keen to share my experience with students so that they are more aware of the opportunities that could be open to them. Volunteering with the team at Working Options enables me to do this with ease.

Dave Pogson Independent Business Consultant and Mentor - Wirral Associates Ltd March 19, 2018

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