It’s not easy for young people to transition to adulthood. After school or university they look for work, and with a competitive and fast changing job market, making that big step can feel overwhelming.
So when a young person is told they should volunteer to build their skills, it can feel counterintuitive. They may think ‘Why should I work for free? And where will I find the time to volunteer when I need to find a job?’.
With technology creating a rapidly changing job market it can be hard for young people to know how to get a foot in the door. But the truth is that volunteering is a proven way for them to find work.
This is demonstrated by the fact that many employers say 88% of school leavers and 54% of graduates aren’t ready to enter their workplaces. They say young people lack soft skills such as teamwork, communication and resilience. The good news? Volunteering improves all three. As a result, volunteers are 27% more likely to get a job.
At vInspired we’re passionate about connecting young people with their communities, which is why we believe in giving back when volunteers put in. So we’ve created the free Inspired Card. The first national youth card to give young people discounts across both the UK and Europe.
When a 14-30 year old signs up on the vInspired website they unlock a world of opportunities. They’ll get money off travel, culture, days out, products and loads more. We’re adding new offers all the time so that they can connect with their world even if they have less money in their pocket.
The inspired Card introduces them to our search engine for volunteering. When they put in their age, interests and location they’ll find all the causes they can support in their community. They can even log their hours and get a recognised V rewards certificate to impress UCAs and potential employers.
The Inspired Card also unlocks mentoring, shadowing and work experience opportunities. So the card not only helps young people have fun, it also connects them to the networks and the skills that will help find them a job. By volunteering they’ll even improve their confidence, happiness and mental health along the way.
After years of work, we’re delighted to share the free Inspired Card with the UK’s young people. Now volunteers will get even more back when they help their community. Want to make a difference in your community? Find a cause you’re passionate about on vinspired.com.