The Bupa Foundation, a charity funded entirely by Bupa, has worked with Career Ready since 2002 to help young people develop key employability skills through a mix of initiatives. Here, Jess Albone, ESG Communications Manager at Bupa, shares more about our work together.

Bupa’s partnership with Career Ready

Bupa is a leading international healthcare company which provides health insurance to over 16 million people and runs care homes, health centres, dental centres and hospitals. The company is led by its purpose – helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.

As part of Bupa’s commitment to making a better world, the Bupa Foundation works with Career Ready to support young people to achieve their potential.

This year 39 Bupa employees have joined the year-long Career Ready mentoring programme, providing 1:1 coaching for sixth-form students – while supporting them to apply for internships, University degrees and entry level job roles.

Bupa’s careers team delivers career insights sessions, showcasing the breadth of job opportunities available at Bupa. In addition to this, Bupa employees volunteer their time to deliver 2hr masterclasses, covering a range of topics from personal branding to interview techniques.

New for this year, Bupa has been hosting workplace visits for students aged 15-18 at its offices in Manchester and London. The 2-hour visits include a tour of the office, activities to support the students to identify their strengths, a career insights session and a guest speaker from Bupa.

Growing our partnership

After seeing the impact of hosting three interns in 2021, Bupa has significantly scaled up its internship programme for 2022. This summer, 37 students on the Career Ready programme will gain vital, paid work experience. The internships are spread across Bupa’s offices in London, Manchester, Leeds and Staines and cover a range of disciplines including sustainability, digital transformation, marketing, sales, customer service, procurement, finance and HR.

In addition, the Bupa Foundation has funded 17 internships, empowering young people to make a difference in local SMEs and charities who cannot afford paid internships.

“Bupa is a place that celebrates people and their careers. It’s not about where you’ve been, it’s about where you’re going. By offering paid internships to year 12 students, we’re able to offer young people vital work experience – enabling Career Ready students to stand out from the crowd when they apply for apprenticeships, graduate schemes or entry level roles in the future.

Jess Albone, ESG Communications Manager, Bupa

During the 4-week period, our Careers team will be hosting a series of career insights and employability skills workshops to support the students with the transition from school to the office. Resilience, communication skills, problem solving, and collaboration are included in the mix – to support students to live Bupa’s values of being brave, caring and responsible.

Students are matched with a supervisor, who acts as their line manager and mentor throughout the internship. This opportunity not only benefits the student, but also the Bupa employees – enabling them to develop leadership skills, whilst seeing first-hand the benefit that young talent can bring to our business.”

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