Welcoming Volunteers & Sponsors

The BiG Challenge is looking for volunteers and sponsors to form a BiG part of our flagship Sheffield enterprise competition.


Why is business involvement important?

Research tells us that if a young person has four or more opportunities to spend time with an employer, they are 86% less likely to become unemployed or disengaged after leaving education and increase their academic attainment.

Building in opportunities for young people entering the BiG Challenge to spend time with businesses is critical, not just because of the potential to improve life chances, but also to provide a real world context to enterprise activities.  Who better to receive business advice from than a local business person? 

We have three key ways that we’re inviting business to get involved:

  Skills Builder - Toolkit for Employers

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Advisory Board

BiG Challenge Advisory Group members support the development of the competition and provide an insight from a business point of view. 

We are looking to build an Advisory Group that reflects the diversity of Sheffield in terms of disabilities, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background, and actively encourage participation from volunteers who are able to contribute to this.

This is an ongoing strategic role, working with other businesses on the Advisory Group and making recommendations on the future direction and development of the competition.

This is an unpaid volunteer role from November 2021 until March 2022 to begin with - there may be an opportunity to be part of the group longer term if desired.


For full details and how to apply, please see the below attachment:

  Role Description: BiG Challenge Advisory Group Member

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Business Adviser

BiG Challenge Business Advisers support the student teams with the development of their ideas and setting up their businesses.

This is an ongoing role, working directly with young people and teachers / school staff.

This is an unpaid volunteer role from November 2021 until February 2022.

Business Advisers will:

  • Be matched with a school to work directly with their BiG Challenge teams, help them to shape their ideas, develop them into businesses and promote them to their peers and customers
  • Advise on a variety of topics (e.g. business planning, marketing, finance, sales, team work etc.)
  • Be able to commit to eight face-to-face interactions between October and February (roughly every fortnight for 1-2 hours)

We are looking to build a team of Business Advisers that reflect the diversity of Sheffield in terms of disabilities, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background, and actively encourage participation from volunteers who are able to contribute to this.

As this role is working directly with young people, we will require a Criminal Convictions Declaration and DBS check (to be carried out by Sheffield City Council at no cost to the volunteer).


For full details and how to apply, please see the below attachment:

  Role Description: BiG Challenge Business Adviser

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Award Sponsorship

We are looking for businesses in Sheffield to get involved in the challenge by sponsoring one of the final awards. 

As a sponsor, you will:

  • Be able to take part in our Judging Panel, hearing directly from young people about their ideas and experiences
  • Be listed as a key sponsor on our website and in all promotional materials (eg Awards Night Brochure and press releases) and on social media
  • Announce and present the award for your chosen category at the Award Ceremony

Full details on this sponsorship opportunity are attached below:

  Award Sponsorship Opportunity

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