Career Ready and Citi have been named as the Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution at the 2020 Charity Times Awards. The prestigious national award recognises outstanding achievements and best practice within the Third Sector.

About the partnership

For 18 years, Career Ready and Citi have worked in partnership to support young people and help them kick-start rewarding futures. From the start of our partnership to the current day, Citi has supported the delivery of our programme in Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and the Republic of Ireland through the provision of mentors, paid internships, masterclass facilitators, local advisory board members, funding, office space and in kind support.

In 2019, we supported 8,000 students aged 11-19 across 31 schools & colleges together. Citi are also now the largest employer of Career Ready interns, hosting a total of 489 since 2002, of which 101 were in 2019 alone.  This has resulted in young people securing university places and apprenticeship schemes, right through to employment with Citi.

“We are delighted to be named Corporate National Partnership of the Year at the Charity Times Awards, thanks to our work with Citi. Over the years, our partnership has gone from strength-to-strength and they have been a real driving force behind our activity across the UK. This award is a testament to their deep support, the passion of Citi volunteers for our work, and our shared belief in helping young people enjoy success in the world of work.”

Jen Hartley, Director of Business Development & Fundraising

“Citi enjoy huge benefits from a remarkable and deep partnership that has grown over many years. We benefit from the ability to work with Career Ready throughout the UK and it gives our people access to a huge number of volunteering and development opportunities. It also connects us with a constantly renewing cohort of terrific young people, many of them from diverse and often disadvantaged background, but all with huge potential. We help lift aspirations, develop their confidence and capabilities to quite literally deliver on that part of our mission which is the responsibility to ‘Enable Progress’ in our community.” 

James Bardrick, Citi Country Officer for the UK & Chief Executive of Citigroup Global Markets

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About the Charity Times Awards

The Charity Times Awards recognises outstanding achievements and best practice within the Third Sector. Now in its 21st year, the awards have remained consistent since their inception:

  • To honour the outstanding professionals in the many and varied fields of charity management
  • To recognise, celebrate, and promote best practice
  • To support continuing professional development
  • Contribute towards raising the standards of charity management
  • To promote and raise the profile of the charity sector
  • To provide recognition for those who are providing effective support to the sector.

For further information please contact tom.rippon@careerready.org.uk