We are looking for one exceptional individual to work within the Berkshire/Oxfordshire and Swindon area on a 0.4FTE, to take forward the work that we do with young people.

Our organisation

Are you looking for a role whereby you are able to make a real difference in a student’s life? As a longstanding and leading provider of school-based support across the UK and internationally (under the Futurewise brand to independent schools and to publicly funded institutions) the mission of Inspiring Futures (IF) is to deliver effective and high quality guidance to all young people. IF holds the matrix standard for quality guidance and advice, and has been providing careers services to young people for the last seventy five years.

With its headquarters in Wallingford, IF has a long track record of providing careers information, advice and guidance and skills development to young people in the UK and internationally. A regional network exists throughout the UK with teams of guidance professionals in Scotland, the North, the South West and Wales, the East of England and in London and the South East. IF is part of Group GTI, Europe’s leading provider of graduate careers information and services to graduate recruiters and universities.

Every year IF helps to support some 50,000 young people making decisions about their future. This is through our flagship Futurewise programme as well as through our events, interactive challenges, publications, websites and helpline services. We are now on an ambitious growth curve; take up of our services is poised to grow and the role of the Assistant Regional Director is to enable this to happen. Over the next three years, the Company aims to build on our strong market position and, through innovative new services, be able to help in excess of 250,000 young people every year in the UK and abroad.

Purpose of the job

This is a home-based role based on an annualised contract dedicated to maintaining and developing IF services in existing member schools and to deliver those services as required. You will work closely with school heads of careers and heads of guidance staff and are responsible for ensuring that schools receive first class information, advice and guidance provision. This includes psychometric profiling, group interpretation sessions, one-to-one guidance interviews, attending parents’ evenings and careers/higher education information events, talks to large groups and running workshops.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate first-class guidance and management skills and be qualified to a QCF Level 6/SCQF Level 11 or working towards the qualification. Knowledge of other education systems apart from the UK would be advantageous.

Assistant Regional Directors are required to work in both the independent and state sectors and therefore you should be comfortable working in a range of schools with different ability groups and able to inspire in challenging environments.

Application Criteria

We require self-motivated, experienced and committed individuals who can work flexibly and develop good team-working skills with other members of the regional team. The job provides great variety and the opportunity to develop services for schools. The candidate will be experienced in working with young people in the 14-19 age range and evidence of careers and higher education work in an academic school or college is highly advantageous, as is knowledge of psychometric profiling.

Salary £31,373 (full time) pro-rated £12,549.20 (0.4FTE) plus the following benefits:

  • Travel expenses (generous mileage allowance)
  • Annual leave
  • Pension contributions
  • Comprehensive training and CPD provided

How to apply

For further information please download the job description and application form (available to download at the top of the page) including the equal opportunities monitoring section. Applications will not be considered without completion of the equal opportunities monitoring section. Please then email the completed form to natalie.kaplanski@inspiringfutures.org.uk

My Futurewise profile is about me today; the careers discussion afterwards was about me tomorrow.


I worked with Inspiring Futures in November for our year 11, 1:1 guidance discussions. The team came in over a period of 4 and a half weeks and I don’t think I’ve ever worked with such a group of friendly professionals. They arrived on time and spent all day delivering over 130 back to back interviews that I had co-ordinated. What I loved about the team was their ability to connect with everyone, their flexibility with chopping and changing a few appointments around due to unforeseen circumstances and their general approachable personalities.

Loughborough Grammar School

The Helpline makes a huge difference to the career provision at Wellingborough School. The amount of knowledge they have at their finger tips is invaluable. Their prompt response makes my job a lot easier so thank you. I would also like to say that the newsletter is a great source of information and is combined in to the school newsletter providing all the latest information.

Jo Matthews, Head of Careers at Wellingborough School