Career Ready gives 16-18 year olds the skills and knowledge they need to enter the world of work.
It is a two-year programme that sits alongside their chosen school subjects in S5 and S6 and is supported nationwide by some of the biggest names in Scottish business, as well as smaller local businesses.
Career Ready has been a brilliant experience for Hashim. It's opened so many doors for him; he's learnt that he can talk to anyone. Kids who grow up in an area like this don't always get the opportunities they deserve. But if you have the right support from home and school, there's no reason why the world isn't your oyster.
Hashim's Mum, Nassim
Career Ready students have the opportunity to experience the world of work through:
- Workplace visits
- One-to-one mentoring with a business professional
- Masterclasses from a range of employers
- Networking events
- An internship, working in their mentor's company
We offer great support for schools, mentors and employers to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone. That’s not easy for anyone, so your parental support is invaluable in helping your child get the most from Career Ready. But it’s worth it to see how your child can flourish.
Ayo has become a more positive and confident young man. The networking events and Masterclasses have encouraged him to grasp opportunities with both hands, and the mentoring programme has opened up so many doors for him. Meeting other young people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures has led him to understand and respect others - the positive peer pressure has been amazing.
Ayo's Mum, Deborah
The paid internship is your child’s chance to work at a company for four or five weeks in the summer between S5 and S6. A Career Ready internship can be a life-changing experience, giving your child a real taste of the world of work. You will need to think about how this fits into your family’s holiday plans, but with forward planning and assistance from you throughout the two-year programme, you will give your child every chance to achieve their goals. 97% of Career Ready students go on to Higher Education, to college or directly into employment.
Both my daughters are now more confident and have a clear vision of what they want from their lives. I would definitely recommend it.
Agne and Leva's Mum, Remigija
And if you want to get even more involved there are always opportunities via your own employer to provide internships, become a mentor, deliver a masterclass, organise a visit to your workplace or, for those with significant contacts in business, join a Career Ready LAB (Local Advisory Board).