1. 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 an Insights from Industry session in a school or college?

If the answer is yes, we’d love to hear from you. You’ll join a growing network of over 200 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.

>> What our volunteer speakers say about their experience

What our volunteer speakers do

  • Our sessions are up to two-hours long and take place in a school or college with groups of 50 – 100+ students.
  • We book up to three volunteer speakers from industry for each session and where possible, we match our volunteers with schools or 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.
  • Talks are followed by a Q & A session and time for informal networking.

volunteer speakers

Why volunteer as a speaker 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 school or college local to you (we’ll match you to a local one if we can)
  • Raise awareness of opportunities in your industry
  • Network with other speakers
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2. Volunteer as a skills workshop leader

Following a successful pilot, we’re now rolling out a programme of smaller, participative workshops to the schools and colleges that have booked Insights from Industry sessions with us. If you’d be interested in leading one of these workshops (interview skills, presentation skills, team-working and problem solving), in a school / college or hosting one at your place of work.

3. Run a business-led activity for students

You could set up a Dragons Den challenge; provide real-life business case studies for students to work on; offer workplace visits, work experience or placements.

4. Donate your expertise

You could provide employability and life skills content for our Student Zone, help us recruit volunteers or help us improve our IT and systems.

Employee volunteering programmes 

If your company runs an employee volunteering scheme, or is thinking of setting one up, Working Options could provide an ideal opportunity. We can run a ‘lunch and learn’ session at your workplace for your staff to find out more.

“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. Our volunteers include entrepreneurs, start-ups and employees from all disciplines in  a wide range of food, drink and retail companies including:

Dentsu Aegis Media | Asda | Bird’s Eye | Britvic | Carlsberg | CocaCola | Dairy Crest | Drink me Chai |Easyjet | Ella’s Kitchen | Finsbury Foods | Gunna Drinks Ltd  | Jordans Ryvita| Kelloggs | Mars | Moet and Hennessey | Nintendo | Pizza Express | Sainsburys | Sacla |Tesco | Tyrrells Crsips | Vimto | Waitrose | Warburtons | Yankee Candle


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


Young people need inspiration and real-life examples of what they can achieve with focus, positivism and hard work. They are our future leaders and Working Options acts as the key to help us unlock their potential. To help others is the greatest currency there is and even if I can impact one person, that is another person's life on the way to a bigger and brighter future.

Ranu Sharma Performance Strategy Manager - Intercontinental Hotel Group September 11, 2018

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