InterActives are fun, practical and motivating, enhancing the skills students require to succeed

Inspiring Futures delivers a range of group workshops aimed at schools and colleges to help develop important attributes and skills.

Skills development and enterprise education complements wider careers provision and provides the opportunity for learners to build upon soft skillsets beyond the classroom. Developing skills for employment and ensuring young people are prepared for life beyond school is a crucial area of careers education as employers are starting to filter candidates on their skills and attributes first rather than their academic/exam results, so this is a way to give students a head start!

The top ten key skills that employers look for are:

  • Commercial awareness
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Perseverance and motivation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Confidence.
  • How do Interactives work?

    Group workshops are delivered by experienced and professional trainers using a mix of team and individual based activities. Subjects covered can be as diverse as Emotional Intelligence and C.V. writing with the ability to focus in on specific or more general areas of development. The modular, bespoke nature of our workshops ensures that each event is individually created to suit any group size, ages and ability that can be delivered over lessons, half or full days for up to 150 students.

    Popular workshops

    Goal setting and Motivation

    Typically delivered for students aged 12–14 years | Years 7–9 / S1-2

    This fast-paced workshop raises students’ aspirations, encourages self-belief and increases motivation. Focusing on individual activities, it incorporates five steps to success: self-belief, knowing your abilities, setting goals, making a plan and taking positive action.

    Student outcomes:

    • Identify individual skills and strengths, hopes and fears.
    • Establish goals and steps needed to achieve them.

    Business and Enterprise

    Typically delivered for students aged 13–16 years | Years 9–11/ S2-4

    Working in teams, students will be set challenging tasks throughout the day. They will have to set up a business, assign fictitious roles, create a business plan and pitch their ideas to the group, resulting in a winning team.

    Student outcomes:

    • Develop leadership, creativity, confidence, teamwork and communication skills.
    • Gain an understanding of business, finance and commercial operations.

    Interview and Network Skills

    Typically delivered for students aged 14–18+ years | Years 10+–13/ S4+

    This experiential day sees students faced with a mock employer assessment centre. Students will be challenged throughout the day with in-tray exercise, observed group work and interview scenarios, competing against each other for the job. Are they up for the challenge?

    Student outcomes:

    • Identify different styles of interview questions and how to answer, including competency and motivation questions. Practise an interview and assessment centre, dealing with the unknown and using initiative.
    • Experience group and presentation assessments and understand what recruiters are looking for.
    • Identify (and practise) key employability skills.
    • Develop and evidence working as a team, communication skills, working under pressure, and employability and networking skills.

    Contact us to find out more about how Inspiring Futures can support your students.

    This is a great programme for supporting students and parents as a resource and guide to help with career paths. The conference programme offers a wide range of opportunities to learn about the array of pathway options available to young people, helping parents to support their children’s thinking about career choices.


    Completing the Futurewise profile was a good and helpful experience for me, it literally opened my eyes to the future. I liked the job suggestions and was impressed with the personality, abilities and interest section too.

    Futurewise student

    I liked the ability to discuss my options with people outside my family and circle, and being able to use their opinions as well.

    Student, Strathallan School