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A four-week paid internship

Every student on our programme is provided with a paid, four-week internship and a mentor to ensure that they have the additional support and knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their future education and career.

Schools and Local Authorities

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We work across Scotland, in partnership with nearly 40% of secondary schools, to boost social mobility by providing S5/S6 students with paid, four-week internships at one of our employer supporters. We specialise in supporting young people who lack the opportunities, networks, and social capital to reach their potential.

How it works

Every young person on our programme is provided with a paid, four-week summer internship at the workplace of their mentor.

We work closely with our partner employers to provide them with the resources, support, and guidance needed to ensure that the internship works for the young person and the host organisation.

Every intern has their own supervisor, who may be their mentor, who acts as a line-manager. A member of school staff visits each student during their internship.

SQA

We are delighted that we have been able to map the Career Ready internship / Virtual Work Experience to the learning outcomes of the SQA Personal Development Self and Work Unit at SCQF levels 5 and 6.

With your support, Career Ready students can elect to participate in the unit, using supplied, supporting materials to assist with their gathering of evidence.

Completion of the unit allows young people to underpin their Career Ready experiences with accredited tariff points and develop their Skills for Career Success by focussing on their task-management skills within their internship or virtual work experience placement.

Assessment for this unit is through the collation of a portfolio of evidence (templates for which are provided by Career Ready) which a young person completes and submits to the appropriate contact in school for assessment and verification.

Impact

Research shows that four weeks, or 140 hours, is the minimum time needed for a young person to fully experience and benefit from the world of work. Evidence from our students, schools, and employers shows how our paid internships boost work readiness and make young people more aware of the different career & education pathways available to them.

  • 98% of our students went onto a positive destination after graduating from the programme
  • 82% of students would, following their internships, consider working for their employer in the future
  • 75% of employers said, given the opportunity, they would hire their Career Ready intern

Find out more in our latest Impact Report.

Employers and Volunteers

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Getting involved with our internship and mentoring programme enables your organisation to invest in the future workforce, help build a local talent pipeline, and develop the skills of your current employees.

How it works

We ask all of our employer supporters to provide each student they support with a paid, four-week summer internship as well as a mentor.

We work closely with our employer supporters to optimise the benefits to their organisation and ensure that it is a time-sensitive way for them to transform the lives of young people.

We ask employers to:

  • Give students a formal interview experience
  • Assign a supervisor to oversee the student’s work and provide feedback
  • Provide a programme of real work
  • Organise an end of internship presentation for the student to share what they’ve learnt during the internship

To support you, we will:

  • Provide a pre-internship briefing, resources, and handbook to help you run the internship
  • Keep in touch with you and the student throughout the internship

Impact and benefits

Our paid internships can transform lives – students experience what it’s really like to work and put the skills and knowledge they learnt from their mentor into practice.

Internships are also a great way to develop the talent within their organisation and help build a local talent pipeline:

  • 91% of volunteers saying that, in just four weeks, their coaching skills had improved
  • 72% of employers also said that, given the opportunity, they would hire their Career Ready intern
  • 75% of students would, following their internship, consider working for their employer in the future

Find out more in our latest Impact Report.