Ablaze has significant experience and expertise in managing a rich variety of volunteer led programmes for primary and secondary schools.

Our approach is simple.

  1. We listen to your needs and priorities,
  2. We recommend the interventions we think will best meet those needs,
  3. We tailor the content to best match your priorities,
  4. We find you a business to provide volunteers,
  5. We broker and manage that relationship from start to finish.

“The programme seems to make a real difference to the children taking part. The improvement in their reading skills was fantastic but I also saw their social skills flourish. They came away much more confident and I believe we have sparked a real interest in them in reading and literature” Bookworms Volunteer, Clarke Willmott

If you are a Secondary school we can provide you with a range of programmes from mentoring to employability workshops.

If you are a Primary school we can offer you programmes to increase your pupils reading and maths confidence; Reading Buddies and Number Partners, a specially designed creative writing course working with a professional author and one-off role model visits and assemblies.

Everything we do is designed to increase student’s confidence, motivation and aspiration; knowledge of employability, careers and career pathways. Our interventions enable your students to have meaningful, multiple interactions with employers in line with the Government’s Career Strategy.

All our work focus’s on our mission to tackle inequality of opportunity for young people by utilising the skill and commitment of business volunteers.

Contact us to discuss how Ablaze can work with you and find out the costs involved.

Take a look at our evaluation results to see how our work benefits the young people who participate in our programmes.

West of England Mentoring – Group Mentoring

Group mentoring, aimed at students in years 8-10, aims to inspire and motivate students to raise their aspirations and stay engaged with education. Activities delivered encourage students to set personal goals and work out their own plans for achieving them.

Six sessions take place over a twelve week period. Over time, students trust and rapport with the adult mentors, helping to improve communication skills and confidence. Working with volunteers from a local business or organisation, students gain knowledge of opportunities, work place skills and employability pathways.

How students benefit

  • Building a trusting relationship with non-judgemental adults
  • Real and relevant information on career choices and pathways
  • Informed advice and guidance
  • Modelled employability skills
  • An individualised post-16 plan
  • An insight into the world or work

“I believe I have seen the students gain in confidence over the past months, especially being able to take part in both group discussions and in one-on-one conversations with adults, which they seemed to struggle with in the beginning but were confident by the end. I feel that the students are more able to talk about, and plan for, their future careers and have gained some incredibly useful, practical insights into how to succeed.” Lucy Ware, City Academy

How schools benefit

  • Covering three Gatsby Benchmarks, helping to meet the Governments career strategy requirements
  • Building a relationship with a local business which could lead to further support
  • Tackling the mis match between attainment and aspiration facing many West of England schools

This programme is managed by West of England Mentoring (WEM) Partnership of which Ablaze is a lead partner. WEM delivers national best practice in business mentoring to students across the region support by the Government’s Careers and Enterprise Company.

Contact us to find out how your school can benefit from WEM and the costs involved.

Take a look at our evaluation to see the impact our group mentoring programme has.

Bespoke interventions

We have a series of interventions available to Secondary Schools that you can sign up for. For some interventions we will recruit groups of volunteers to work together, for others we will contact individuals from our database to come and deliver in your school. You can request an intervention at any time during the school year – as long as you give us enough notice to source the right people for you.

Interventions are managed by Ablaze and any training, briefing and safeguarding processes involved will be delivered by us.

Mock interviews

A group of volunteers will come to your school and carry out a series of mock interviews with students. You choose the year group you wish to target and the focus of the interviews and we will provide the right people to take part and bespoke question sheets for the day.

Career events

We will source businesses from specific sectors to take part in a career fair at your school. We can provide people from a range of sectors to come and talk to students about their business.

Breaking limits

This programme consists of 5 weekly talks by inspirational speakers for a group or class of students. Each speaker has an interesting and inspirational story to tell about their career journey and their own experiences of school and life.

Breaking limits is aimed at young people who are disengaged or lacking in aspiration at school. It provides them with the opportunity to challenge their own assumptions about themselves, to increase their confidence and self-esteem and to view their future and their career opportunities more positively.


Book Worms is a collaborative reading experience for year 7 and 8 students who are behind the expected reading level or who demonstrate a reluctance to engage at school which aims to

  • improve existing reading skills, particularly comprehension and retrieval
  • increase confidence
  • build reading pleasure

This is a reading intervention for onward progression from primary school. The books are chosen in consultation with the school. Students will be given the books to keep to support the promotion of reading in their home and family setting.

The Bookworm project comprises of a block of sessions lasting one term. In these weekly sessions the students work in small groups with trained mentors. The activities are designed to enable students to use and improve comprehension and retrieval skills, gain confidence in their reading ability and enjoy their experience with the book.

Employability workshops

We have a range of employability workshops available for students. These templates can be tailored to suit your specific needs. Workshops are delivered by individuals or small groups of volunteers on topics that include financial literacy, first impressions, interview techniques, cv success.

Contact us to find out more about how you can request one of these interventions and the costs involved.

Have a look at our evaluation to see how your students can benefit.