Frequently Asked Questions
What will I get from volunteering for the programme?
As well as the benefits to girls and schools, the programme offers women and employers an opportunity to engage with and give back to their local community, without even leaving the office.
By sharing your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm, you can help to make careers education relatable and broaden the next generation’s horizons.
I want my company to become a partner employer. What is involved?
How much time will I need to commit to the programme?
I Can Be has been designed to be flexible, ensuring we can accommodate volunteers who have different amounts of time to give.
Initially, we will visit you briefly at work to find out more about you and to talk about the programme before you agree to be involved. If you decide you would like to host a one-off visit, we will then talk you through the format. If you would like to host a series of visits we will offer a one-hour training session with other participating women at our office in Westminster.
Once the programme begins, each visit will be 30-45 minutes and you will not be required to do any additional preparation beforehand.
You can choose to host between one and ten visits. The programme could involve one woman in your workplace, or visits could be shared by up to three different women, reducing the individual time commitment, allowing your workplace to host more visits and providing more flexibility.
How will you prepare me for the visits?
I Can Be is designed to make volunteering easy. We have a standard visit structure that we will train you to use and provide support throughout the programme. A teacher will be accompanying the girls on every visit, so you will never be alone with the children or responsible for their welfare.
Before visits begin, we run a one-off one-hour training session at our office in Westminster, to familiarise you with the aims of and the thinking behind the programme. Together, we will talk through the standard visit structure and plan precisely what you will do during the girls’ visit.
After training, a member of I Can Be staff will attend your first visit from the girls to provide any extra support you might need.
I want to take part, but my work environment is open plan and/or very busy.
Our visits model is very simple and easy to implement.
For some workplaces, a visit conducted within the main workspace will be appropriate. For others, such as open plan or very hectic work environments, we recommend booking a meeting room. The groups are small – ten girls and a teacher – so a standard size meeting room works perfectly.
Why are boys not included?
Boys and girls from all backgrounds would benefit from the programme. We are choosing to focus on the area of greatest need – girls from disadvantaged, inner city areas, who, research shows, are most likely to be restricted in their options for the future.
Are all girls eligible to take part?
Whilst all girls would benefit from the programme, we are choosing to focus is on those with the greatest need. Participating schools are carefully chosen to ensure that we are reaching those pupils who will benefit the most from taking part.