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Career Ready

Impact Report 2020

Our review of the year:
12 months, 12 stories from across our network

12 months, 12 stories

Join us on a review of a year that needs little introduction.

Told through the experiences of our students, alumni, volunteers, schools, and employers.

OUR YEAR

My first 12 months in post.

 

Our people

Our team

Our People

Real people who make a real difference, our network.

our partnerships

The schools and colleges preparing young people for their next steps

Our partnerships

Our employer supporters and funders investing in our future workforce

virtual reality

The people behind our COVID response

Our programmes

Our programmes

Our alumni

Our impact

Our research

Career Ready at 18

Our next steps

A strategy and COVID recovery plan with young people at its heart

I joined Career Ready at the start of 2020. This is my second charity CEO role and even though my leadership journey began 15 years ago I still cherish the opportunity to reflect and learn from my experiences and colleagues. This year, despite everything, we delivered more activities by March than we had in the entire previous year, but lockdown did not stop us there.

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa
CEO, Career Ready

Our year

Adapting to a year like no other

The past year has posed challenges like nothing we’ve ever faced, changing the world around us.

Education has been disrupted, workplace opportunities have been cancelled, futures have been put on hold.

Yet our commitment to young people remained the same, and we’re proud of how everything we achieved helped give them the best possible networks of support to young people.

Despite everything, our reach was greater than ever, our achievements a testament to our incredible partnerships with schools and colleges, volunteers and employers. 

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careers interventions delivered, 29k more than 2019 despite school closures
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students reached across all our programmes and activities, UK-wide
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schools and colleges partnered with us across the UK to deliver our programmes to those who need it most
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employers, large and small, provided volunteers and opportunities for young people

I wanted to create an open forum for students to participate in while studying from home. Lockdown must have been an especially difficult time to seek advice on how to transition from education to employment. This has been an important learning opportunity for me too.

Jasmine Sanghera
Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank

Our COVID response

Virtual reality

In response to COVID, we worked closely with our network to launch a series of digital events to give young people meaningful employer engagement and skill development opportunities despite school closures. 

A student sits at a laptop working

Virtual Work Experience
With the closure of workplaces and the cancellation of many work placements, we worked with employers to deliver meaningful, virtual work experience opportunities. 

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       Skills         Festival 
From April to June, we ran a series of digital masterclasses, workshops, and one-to-one sessions which connected young people with volunteers and employers from all across the UK. 

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Careers in Conversation
A series of live events, powered by Permira Foundation, giving young people the opportunity to learn from the career journeys and advice of leading business figures.

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My paid internship at Citi was a great step into the professional world, it opened my eyes to what’s available to me and help me to plan my next steps – an apprenticeship in finance.

Juwon Davies
City of London Academy
 Leidos Student of the Year, South of England

Our programmes

Business as usual

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interventions delivered to students by March 2020
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students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

Helping young people from all backgrounds kick start their futures, gain employment and fulfil their potential is more important than ever. I really look forward to seeing how Career Ready’s planned projects, with the support of the Social Business Trust, will scale up their growth and impact.

Adele Blakebrough
CEO, Social Business Trust

 

Our COVID response

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to deliver meaningful employer engagement, helping young people to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

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interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

I came to Belfast as a refugee. My first year here was lonely but I’ve built a network I can count on. The support from my college and all the people I’ve met through Career Ready have changed my life.

Ailin Attarzadeh
Career Ready Student of the Year
Mentored by Ciara from Santander
Internship at Citi, Belfast

Our programmes

A journey to Career Ready

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

I wanted to create an open forum for students to participate in while studying from home. Lockdown must have been an especially difficult time to seek advice on how to transition from education to employment. This has been an important learning opportunity for me too.

Jasmine Sanghera
Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank

Our COVID response

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

I wanted to create an open forum for students to participate in while studying from home. Lockdown must have been an especially difficult time to seek advice on how to transition from education to employment. This has been an important learning opportunity for me too.

Jasmine Sanghera
Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank

Our COVID response

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

We will only achieve true social mobility if we actively even up the playing field. A mentor can be a sounding board, can answer difficult questions. Being a mentor has helped me in my career too. I’m a better listener and accept I don’t always have the answer. Mentoring is a life changing experience – go for it!

Edward Keelan, Octopus Investments
Career Ready Mentor of the Year

Our people
0hrs
hours of volunteering activity supporting young people
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new mentoring relationships spanned lockdown in 2020
0%
of mentors felt they made a lasting difference to their mentee
0%
said they developed their own skills through volunteering

Whether it’s as a mentor, a masterclass presenter, hosting a virtual intern or contributing to our digital skills video series – we could not have adapted and responded so positively to the challenges of 2020 without our committed network of volunteers

Despite the uncertainty, 74% of our mentors have reregistered with us to mentor again in 2021; 99% would recommend volunteering with Career Ready. 

Real people, real change

our people

Whether it’s as a mentor, a masterclass presenter, hosting a virtual intern or contributing to our digital skills video series – we could not have adapted and responded so positively to the challenges of 2020 without our committed network of volunteers

Despite the uncertainty, 74% of our mentors have reregistered with us to mentor again in 2021; 99% would recommend volunteering with Career Ready. 

0hrs
hours of volunteering activity supporting young people
0
new mentoring relationships spanned lockdown in 2020
0%
of mentors felt they made a lasting difference to their mentee
0%
said they developed their own skills through volunteering

I wanted to create an open forum for students to participate in while studying from home. Lockdown must have been an especially difficult time to seek advice on how to transition from education to employment. This has been an important learning opportunity for me too.

Jasmine Sanghera
Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank

Our partnerships with employers and funders 

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

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interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

We’ve been running the Career Ready programme since 2009. Our students perform better and grow as people, they push on and achieve their goals, gaining opportunities they thought were totally out of reach. 

Dan Reeds, Coordinator
Blackpool Sixth Form College
Career Ready School of the Year 

Our partnerships with school and colleges

School and colleges

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

I wanted to create an open forum for students to participate in while studying from home. Lockdown must have been an especially difficult time to seek advice on how to transition from education to employment. This has been an important learning opportunity for me too.

Jasmine Sanghera
Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank

Our COVID response

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation

Career Ready does exactly what it says on the tin. I felt inexperienced. My mentor, Angela, helped build my confidence, advised me on career paths and CV writing. My internship at Halifax was really rewarding. Now, I am volunteering as a mentor and LAB member for Career Ready. Now, more than ever, we must support young people.

Brittany Peacock, alumni
Trafford College, Manchester

Our next steps

Young people at the heart of our recovery

To support young people through the COVID pandemic, we launched a series of digital events to enable us to continue to deliver meaningful employer engagement, and young people to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) 

0
interventions delivered to students by March 2020
0
students reached across all our programmes and activities
0%
of alumni are in full-time education or employment
0%
of alumni believe they have the ability to reach a high position in their organisation