On Wednesday 27 April, Career Ready held its annual UK awards at the Drapers’ Hall, City of London, to celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements of young people, volunteers, schools, and colleges on the programme.

With winners across five categories, the event honoured young people who have excelled on the programme, volunteers who have made an outstanding difference to the life of a Career Ready student, as well as schools and colleges who are an example of best practice in helping young people prepare for the world of work.

Awards were celebrated in the following categories:

  • Mentor of the Year, supported by Savills
  • Volunteer Champion of the Year, supported by Citi Foundation
  • School of College of the Year, supported by AstraZeneca
  • Anne Spackman Giving Back Award
  • Student of the Year, supported by Foxtons

Zahrah Aljurani from Lambeth College in London was named the overall UK Student of the Year for her commitment and excellence during the programme.

‘My mentor Laura really helped me through the Career Ready programme. She was the reason I was able to test for dyslexia and knew how to support me with it, ensuring that it didn’t hold me back in anyway.’

Zahrah Aljurani, National Student of the Year

Elliott Hudson College in Leeds was named the national School or College of the Year for its excellence in delivering the Career Ready programme and best practice in careers support.

Full winners include:

Mentor of the Year, supported by Savills

  • John-Paul Ashton, Gleeds, Leeds
  • Laura Flynn, City University of London
  • Paul Baum, Swiss Post Solutions, Essex

Volunteer Champion of the Year, supported by Citi Foundation

  • Graham Rogers, Morgan Stanley, Glasgow
  • Jane Hirst, London
  • Maureen McKenna, Glasgow City Council
  • Okemute Brughoro, Arcadis, London
  • Woj Ilowski, Marsh London

School of College of the Year, supported by AstraZeneca

  • Elliott Hudson College, Leeds – National Winner
  • New City Redbridge College, London
  • St Ronan’s College, Northern Ireland
  • Trafford College, Manchester

Anne Spackman Giving Back Award

  • Lucy Corcoran, Manchester – National Winner
  • Shannon Todd, Fife
  • Will Arthur, Essex

Student of the Year, supported by Foxtons

 
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