Our history

In 2002, at the request of Sanford Weill, Chairman and Chief Executive of Citigroup worldwide, Sir Winfried Bischoff gathered a group of senior colleagues in multinational companies to meet education leaders from the UK and the US. The challenge was a simple one: would they commit to supporting a new education initiative for disadvantaged young people in the UK, inspired by the work of the National Academy Foundation in the US. From that meeting was born Career Ready.

Too often, young people fail to complete their studies because they fail to see the relevance of the education they are receiving. The Career Ready programme is about the real world.

Sir Winfried Bischoff, Founding Chairman, Career Ready

The programme began with three schools in London and was focussed on Business & Finance. Thirteen years later we have more than 200 schools and colleges in all parts of the UK, specialising in additional sectors like STEM and Logistics. Many of the companies which helped to found Career Ready are still supporting us today with funding and internships. They include Citigroup, McGraw Hill, AstraZeneca, BP, Canary Wharf Group and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.