602 young people from secondary schools in 18 local authority areas across Scotland celebrated completing the Career Ready programme and developing their skills for future career success on Friday 18 March.

Career Ready is a social mobility charity for young people in S5/S6 – recognising that every student has potential yet does not necessarily have access to the networks and opportunities to unlock it.  The charity’s aim is for every young person, regardless of background, to progress to a positive post-school destination and prosper in work and life.

Working in partnership with employers and their employee volunteers, Local Authorities and schools, Career Ready provide young people in S5/6 with a structured, impactful, two-year programme that empowers, boosts social capital and develops work skills.

With a mentor from the world of work, a four-week paid internship with their mentor’s organisation, and a series of skills masterclasses combined with workplace visits, young people leave school more confident, knowledgeable, and ready to follow their identified career path.

Due to COVID and subsequent lockdowns, activities have been a hybrid of virtual and in-person.

 “I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to the 602 young people across Scotland who are graduating today. I wish you every success as you move forward with your new-found skills and experience – you really can do whatever you put your mind to. And to the 300+ supporting organisations and mentors, a huge thank you. There has never been a more important and impactful time for Career Ready, so my heartfelt thanks for all of you that making this amazing programme possible.”

John Stewart, Director of HR at SEE and the Chair of Scotland Advisory Board for Career Ready

A key element of the programme in 2021 was virtual paid internships with some top businesses, including DiageoHarbour Energy, Morgan Stanley, NatWest GroupSSEBP, and Blackrock. These paid internships saw young people doing real work for organisations remotely from home, in response to Covid-19 restrictions.

“It’s been a privilege knowing and learning from every Career Ready student, and we wish them happiness and success with their next steps. And thank you to every organisation and mentor who dedicates themselves to developing Scotland’s young talent.”

Anne Wexelstein, Career Ready Director for Scotland 

The quality of experiences and impact from the Career Ready community of partners was yet again recently confirmed in the destination outcomes of the previous year’s graduate students, with 98% in higher or further education, employment or training.

There are over 1,600 young people from 145 secondary schools currently enrolled on the programme who are being supported by over 300 organisations and more than 1,600 volunteers.

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