The Basingstoke Consortium is an education charity which has worked with local schools, colleges and businesses since 1986.

We organise a wide variety of programmes, activities and events – all designed to make young people “work ready” and all supported by volunteers from local businesses.

The involvement of these volunteers is vital to the success of our activities, and we are always looking for additional people, whether individuals or a group, who are willing to share their knowledge and skills.

Why should you volunteer?

There are huge benefits to everyone involved.  Businesses help educate their future workforce, raise their profile in the Borough and show their commitment to the local community. They gain valuable employee development opportunities and enhance their business skills.  They also have fun! The young people are inspired and motivated by engagement with the business world. They learn about workplace behaviours and employer expectations and have raised awareness of local employment opportunities.  Also, they realise the importance of generic employability skills – what they are and how much employers value them. 
What’s the time commitment?

Time-wise, businesses or individuals can commit to whatever works for them - whether it’s a couple of hours, a whole day or on a regular basis.  Whatever their involvement, businesses can be sure that they will make a really positive impact on the young people in our area.

What can you do?

There are lots of different activities for business volunteers to support: employability workshops, skills days, workplace visits, business talks, mock interviews, mentoring, work experience, enterprise challenges, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) events and acting as a judge.

Young people not being “work ready” - whether in terms of skills or attitude - is a national problem. By working closely with local employers, we are addressing this issue and providing invaluable work-related opportunities for students in the area.

Volunteering Guidelines

Click here to read our simple guidelines for working with young people.

"For the 14-18 age group, employers believe the top priority for schools and colleges should be developing awareness of working life with support from businesses.”
Inspiring growth: CBI/Pearson education and skills survey 2015

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact
Carol Johnston at the Basingstoke Consortium on 01256 840710 or email