We are
Career Ready

The national social mobility charity at the heart of a network of employers and educators who all believe that every young person, regardless of background, deserves the opportunity to kickstart a rewarding future.

Why we exist
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Our experience

We were founded in 2002 by leading business figures with a mission: to boost social mobility by empowering young people and giving their talents a platform to flourish.

Since then we’ve grown across the UK, working from Essex to Elgin, and reached 200,000 young people, including supporting 30,000 on our high-impact, Career Ready post-16 programme. 

Over the last 20 years we’ve built up a network of 1,000 employer supporters and 3,500 volunteers annually who deliver a range of high-quality, careers focused programmes in 400 schools and colleges.

We were shortlisted at the 2020 and 2021 Charity Times Awards for ‘Charity of the Year’ and won ‘Corporate Partnership of the Year’ in 2020 for our work with Citi.

Who we support

For those who will benefit most

By prioritising where we work, the schools and colleges we partner with, and the young people who need our support the most, we’re able to make a difference where it truly matters . We empower young people who, research shows, face barriers in education and employment.

of students will be the first in their family to go to university.
We work in 33/50 of the most disadvantaged Local Authorities in England.
We work in 6/9 Scotland’s Attainment Challenge Local Authorities, and a total of 18 LAs.
Our impact

Real people, real change

Last year, we transformed the lives of 58,000 young people. With our impact evaluation and wider research showing that young people who take part in our activities are more likely to be employed, earn higher wages, and see improvements in their academic attainment.

By connecting employers with young people we’re also able to add real value to their business. We help them to engage with diverse talent, make a difference in their local community, and meet their business objectives.

of Career Ready students go into positive destinations.
of teachers said that our Career Starter sessions enhanced prior learning.
of Career Ready students said that communication & networking is now a skill strength.
We help schools reach 7/8 Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidence.
Annual Report
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