About us

We've been working together for six years and throughout that time we've seen first-hand the benefits it brings, not only to the students but also to a large number of Santander employees who are actively involved in sharing their business skills and expertise as Local Advisory Board members, mentors and internship supervisors.

Jennifer Scardino, Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Santander

Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. 

We offer a structured programme of employer engagement that enables schools and colleges to meet their statutory duty for careers. We have worked with experts in education and business to develop high quality, employer-endorsed materials, which deliver a set of Skills for Career Success to help our students compete with the best in the country.

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I didn’t know what I wanted to do and had no idea that I would be interested in business, or even if I was capable of getting into university. I recently got my grades and have been accepted into Stirling University and could not have achieved that without the help of my mentor and all the motivational talks we attended.

Marc Hillhouse, graduate, Bellahouston Academy

Career Ready gives students from lower income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. Through volunteering for Career Ready employers get a rewarding opportunity to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills, and find the next generation of talented employees.

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By offering internships we provide opportunities for team members to experience line management, and I’ve found that every time we’ve had interns from the Career Ready programme there has been some kind of breakthrough, that has benefitted us long beyond their leaving.

Barry Sewell, UK BPO Service Delivery Leader at RSA in Liverpool

From the private, public and voluntary sectors, we have over a decade of successful working relationships with everyone from small, independent businesses to multi-nationals, such as Citi, Santander, Diageo, AstraZeneca, Freshfields and Lloyds Banking Group.
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Annual Report 2015

The Trustee Report and Financial Statements for 2014-15.

Safeguarding Policy 2016

Due to the nature of Career Ready’s work and our interaction with young people it is important that we have a safeguarding and child protection policy specific to the type of work we do, in order to ensure the best possible protection of young people.