Whatever your professional background, volunteering as a school governor is a chance to make a difference in your community.  

Support young people into work 

The impact of coronavirus is already taking a toll on the job marketYoung people under 25 are positioned to lose out financially more than any other age group. Career and higher education options will be crucial in giving young people the best chance to succeed in a difficult economic climate.  

As part of the governing board, your business connections could open up opportunities and help get young people into work.  

“A lot of the young people I meet don’t have the natural networks many children of professionals do – they have to make their own. Businesses have a role to play in helping them access ideas, opportunities, and jobs. I think we have an obligation to the communities we live and work in to provide that.” Jessica, governor in Manchester 

Bridge the gap 

In comparison to many independent schools, many state schools don’t have the same links to the community. Parental engagement and the affluence associated with independent schools means many children benefit from community business links. Governors with business links who join state school boards can help bridge this gap, improving the school’s networking capacity – and the employment prospects of the pupils.     

See the challenges children and young people face 

For people who’ve been in the workforce many years, the challenges young people face trying to get into work can feel distant. Volunteering as a school governor gives you the chance to understand those challenges, see the skills gap, and consider what businesses can do to support employability.   

Help schools save money where it matters 

Value for money means more budget allocated for the things that have a direct impact on children’s education. School budgets cover everything from staffing costs to WiFi to building maintenance, and being able to scrutinise budgets effectively could free up money to spend elsewhere.