Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a speaker? #theDYA

I was sent this today from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills the UK department that focus on growth through skills and innovation.This is about encouraging Business people to go into school and colleges to help our young people relate to the real world. If you already do this I would love to hear your stories in the comments below, also read on and register at the site offering your help.It is a great intuitive and I am confident that many UK Ecademy members would be brilliant at this plus would like to get behind helping our young peopleI am sure they would love great speaker from the rest of the world, or perhaps there are opportunities to start an initiative like this where you live, if not UK based-start-We know how important it is to engage young children early to enable them to make sensible and informed choices about potential careers. That is why BIS is supporting an initiative to recruit 100,000 volunteers who are willing to speak about their career in school as a means of inspiring young people about the opportunities in the workplace. Signing up couldn't be easier - http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/  . Speakers for Schools Speakers for Schools was launched the week of 10-14 October 2011 with a series of talks in state secondary schools around England. It is the idea of BBC Business Editor, Robert Peston, who wants young people in disadvantaged state schools and colleges to have the same opportunities to hear from inspirational speakers as those who attend top independent schools. The idea is to level the playing field and for it to become the norm for leaders in their fields to give talks in state schools and colleges. Speakers for Schools is administered by Education and Employers Taskforce charity. http://www.speakers4schools.com. Speakers for Schools aims to have 1000 speakers who can address the big topical issues of the day: technological, scientific, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, ecological and ethical.  Over 750 people have already agreed to participate including many leading CEOs, politicians, media and arts people, scientists, entrepreneurs and academics. Full list of speakers at:  http://www.speakers4schools.com/speakersThe aim is to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of young people. Inspiring the Future is a new free service run by the charity, Education and Employers Taskforce which aims to get 100,000 people from all sectors and professions volunteering to go into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers, and the education routes they took. Everyone from CEOs to apprentices can volunteer for Inspiring the Future. Recent graduates, school leavers and people in the early stages of their career can be inspirational to teenagers - being close in age they are easy to relate to; while senior staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Talking with young people in a school or college can make a real difference to their perceptions of what jobs are available, and it may inspire them to consider options that they had previously never thought about. Talking to working professionals can also help them get a realistic view on the different routes into jobs and careers, and the current labour market. The intention is to get young people to produce short videos of people talking about their jobs and to upload these via their teacher to create a massive free on-line video library of thousands of people talking about thousands of jobs. The Taskforce will coordinate this project working with a range of partners. A regional and national schools competition is currently being planned.   -end-Please do sign up or Tweet this so others can help warm regardsPenny PowerFounder of Ecademy and Digital Youth AcademyHelping you build social capital in your business and lifeFollow @pennypowerI support:Digital Business Britain Manifesto;&nbsp