Norwich students are set to benefit from new employability support and opportunities, in a business and charity collaboration launched at University Technical College Norfolk on 9th March during National Careers Week.

Aviva and Marsh are both working in collaboration with Career Ready – a national social mobility charity – to support young people in developing their workplace skills, knowledge, and experience, helping to boost their future career prospects and social mobility.

The collaboration, covering 2022-25, will see 200 young people, aged 16-18, from under-represented backgrounds receive one-to-one mentoring, paid internships, skills masterclasses, and visits to workplaces.

“We’re delighted to be launching this new partnership with Aviva and Marsh to support young people in Norwich with paid internships and mentoring. There’s never been a more important time to invest in young talent and we urge other employers to join us in creating opportunities for young people across the city.”

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, CEO of Career Ready

The collaboration marks a major investment by both insurance groups in Norwich’s young talent and acts as a way of helping to level up the region. Norwich was identified by the Department for Education as a key area in its social mobility delivery plan and ranked 323rd out of 324 districts in England in the Social Mobility Index*.

Over the next three years, Aviva and Marsh will invest a total of £212k to embed the Career Ready programme in the area. By 2025, 100 young people from five schools/colleges will be on the programme per year, with 200 students supported in total over the first three years.

“We are proud to be involved in this exciting project which is transforming young people’s lives across the UK, and are delighted to extend our partnership to Norwich.

“We know there is a huge pool of talented young people here, and we’re looking forward to providing expert help and support to enable them to achieve their full potential.”

Adam Winslow, CEO UK & Ireland General Insurance at Aviva

“We are immensely proud to expand our relationship with Career Ready in conjunction with Aviva. Norwich is a vitally important location for Marsh and investing in the learning, development and skills of the future talent in the region will ensure that we continue to develop a diverse and vibrant community in the insurance industry.”

Chris Lay, CEO for the UK & Ireland at Marsh, said:

For further information, high-res images, or to arrange an interview please contact Tom Rippon, Head of Communications, Career Ready

Notes to editors

About Career Ready

Career Ready is a UK-wide social mobility charity that links schools and colleges with employers to help prepare young people for the world of work. In partnership with employers and volunteers, it delivers a targeted programme of paid internships, mentoring, workplace visits, and skills masterclasses for young people.

According to latest impact research, this has a transformational difference on young lives, boosting their social mobility, attainment, and wellbeing:

  • 95% of Career Ready alumni secured HE or FE qualifications, compared to 77% of their non-programme peers
  • 90% of Career Ready alumni said they developed key workplace skills
  • 87% of Career Ready alumni said our programme had a positive impact on their life

About Aviva

  • Aviva is the UK’s leading Insurance, Wealth & Retirement business, operating in the UK, Ireland and Canada. It also have international investments in Singapore, China and India.
  • Aviva helps its 5 million customers make the most out of life, plan for the future, and have the confidence that if things go wrong Aviva will be there to put it right.
  • Aviva has been taking care of people for 325 years, in line with its purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’. In 2021, Aviva paid £30.2 billion in claims and benefits to its customers.
  • Aviva is a market leader in sustainability. In 2021, it announced its plan to become a Net Zero carbon emissions company by 2040, the first major insurance company in the world to do so. This plan means Net Zero carbon emissions from its investments by 2040; setting out a clear pathway to get there with a cut of 25% in the carbon intensity of its investments by 2025 and of 60% by 2030; and Net Zero carbon emissions from its own operations and supply chain by 2030. Find out more about its climate goals at our sustainability ambition and action at
  • Aviva is a Living Wage and Living Hours employer and provides market-leading benefits for its people, including flexible working, paid carers leave and equal parental leave. Find out more at
  • At 31 December 2021, total Group assets under management at Aviva Group are £401 billion and our Solvency II shareholder capital surplus is £13.1 billion. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE 100 index.
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About Marsh

Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. With over 45,000 colleagues operating in 130 countries, Marsh serves commercial and individual clients with data-driven risk solutions and advisory services. Marsh is a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue nearly $20 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading businesses: Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman. For more information, visit, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to BRINK.

Statistics cited

  • Norwich was ranked 323rd out of 324 districts in the 2016 Social Mobility Index, which compares the chances that a child eligible for free school meals (FSM) will do well at school and get a good job. Source


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