'My volunteering experience was extremely fulfilling. A great experience. Both myself and the students gained a lot from this.'

Volunteer, Interview Practice, March 2016



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'Thank you for an informative session - it was thouroughly enjoyed by all. Pitched and engaged perfectly.'

Assistant Head Teacher, March 2016




'I have enjoyed being able to talk to someone who has experience in working for a business. I now feel more confident and believe I can achieve a lot in life'

Student, 2016




Make the Grade 

Leeds City Region Volunteering Opportunities


Interested in getting your business involved with local young people? Want to develop your own skills, such as presenting, communicating, and leading in the process? 

Find out more about the opportunities we currently have available in the Leeds City Region below.

We are particularly interested in hearing from businesses with access to the Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale, Kirklees and Barnsley areas:


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Workplace Visits

Want to bring the world of work to life for a group of students? Workplace Visits are a great way to do this and can offer young people a great chance to broaden their horizons and develop their skills in a new environment.

What does a Workplace Visit involve?

Hosting a group of up to 15 students at your workplace for around a two hour period, students will be given an introduction to your business and a tour of your offices, followed by a short interactive activity to really give them an insight into what you do.

The Make the Grade team is on hand to help with what this might look like, and visits can focus on a particular team within the business or the business as a whole.  

We are currently looking for businesses to host workplace visits for both primary and secondary pupils between September and June.

If you'd like to host a Workplace Visit or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.

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Guest Speakers

We're looking for inspirational speakers to motivate the future workforce. Whether you're a Director or an apprentice, if you've got an interesting story, or just want to share your knowledge, we want to hear from you.

What does being a Guest Speaker involve?

Talks usually last around half an hour, including time for questions from students. Common topics include: the working world, business etiquette, raising aspirations, and key growth industry sectors.

We have a number of slots available for speakers in primary and secondary schools between October and July.

If you'd like to be one of our Guest Speakers or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.

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Careers Panels

Careers panels are the perfect way for students to learn from business people from a wide range of sectors. Our interactive quiz format encourages students to ask business volunteers their own questions about career journeys, sectors, key skills needed for employment and the different roles available in a business. 

What does being a panellist involve?

Panels usually last around an hour and we can send you sample questions in advance. Common topics include: the working world, skills required for your industry, key growth industry sectors and routes into employment.

We have a number of slots available for panellists in secondary schools between September and July.

If you'd like to volunteer for a careers panel or find out more information about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.


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Interview Practice

Give students a valuable (and often brand new!) experience of what a business may seek when looking for new recruits at one of our Interview Practice sessions.

What does Interview Practice involve?

Students are interviewed individually by business volunteers, followed by a short feedback session with their interviewer.

These sessions are open to anyone - whether you've never interviewed anyone before and would like to develop your own skills, or whether you'd like to practice your honed interviewing technique on a new audience.

We are currently recruiting for Interview Practice sessions throughout the year.

If you'd like to help develop the skills of the next generation of interviewees, please contact Lola Wilson.

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Employability Workshops

Share your knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the working world by facilitating an interactive employability workshop in one of our Make the Grade schools with your colleagues. 

What does an Employability Workshop involve?

Use your own creative flair or work with the Make the Grade team to produce a workshop that will enable students to understand core employability skills.

Employability Workshops usually last around 45 minutes and take place in school. Common topics include: teamwork, problem solving, business etiquette, and communication.

If you and your colleagues would like to share your knowledge via an Employability Workshop or find out more about this particular activity, please contact Lola Wilson.

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World of Work Days

World of Work Days take place in primary schools with the aim to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and challenge children to think about the world of work, their future, and how to achieve their goals.

What does a World of Work Day involve?

Business volunteers sign up to work with a class of Year 5 or Year 6 pupils for a full school day. Using our pre-prepared World of Work Day materials, the day is facilitated by the class teacher(s) who will engage the volunteers to complete activities with the pupils throughout the session.

Volunteers can sign up individually or put forward a group from their team to take part. We are currently recruiting volunteers for various dates throughout the school year.

To sign up to a World of Work day, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lola Wilson.

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Careers Events

A Careers Event provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to talk to students about working life, their sector and different career paths.

What does a Careers Event involve?

Volunteers are asked to attend a marketplace event with stalls and promotion materials and talk to students about their role and business.

The event teaches students about employability, routes into the workplace and the event can be used to promote work placement opportunities. This is also a fantastic opportunity to network and meet other businesses in your local area.

To sign up to a Careers Event, express an interest, or find out more, please contact Lola Wilson.