Welcome to #ScotGrad21
18/03/21

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Congratulations for everything you’ve achieved over the last two years, especially under such difficult circumstances.

We can’t be together in person, so we’re using all the digital tools at our disposal to give you a special day. All you need to do is check your inbox for your graduation e-certificate and scroll down this page to: 

  • View your area graduation congratulatory messages along with a special video from Gavin Oattes
  • Take your graduation photo via our photobooth and add it to your Instagram Story between 15:15-16:30 – the best photo wins a £50 Amazon voucher
  • Find out more about our Alumni Network 
  • Discover early careers opportunities at some of our employer partners

I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to the 676 young people from 136 schools across Scotland who are graduating today. I wish you every success as you move forward with your new-found skills and experience – you really can do whatever you put your mind to.

And to the 200+ supporting organisations and mentors, a huge thank you – Career Ready wouldn’t be possible without you.

John Stewart: Director of HR, SSE |
Chair of Scotland Advisory Board,
Career Ready

A huge thank you to everybody across Scotland who’s taken part in the Career Ready programme, whether it was as a mentor or a mentee.

I’m sure you’ve all got something out of the experience. So well done, congratulations and here’s to your newfound confidence for your future.

Carrie Lindsay: President of the Association of Directors of Education | Director of Education & Children’s Services, Fife Council

Congratulations to…

our 51 graduating students from 8 schools in Aberdeen. And a big thank you to our mentors from 26 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“As you graduate today I ask that you all take a moment to reflect on the resilience, adaptability and independence you have shown this year. These skills will be invaluable to you and highly sought by any employer.”

Angela Scott, Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council

our 31 graduating students from 7 schools in Aberdeenshire. And a big thank you to our mentors from 20 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“We are all very proud of the Aberdeenshire young people graduating from the Career Ready programme this year. Their achievements throughout this very difficult time have been outstanding. Well done and congratulations to each and every one of you.”

Vincent A Docherty, Head of Education and Chief Education Officer, Aberdeenshire Council

our 14 graduating students from 2 schools in Clackmannanshire. And a big thank you to our mentors from 7 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“Demonstrating our core values of focus and determination you have completed the course and are worthy graduates. Well done! Your energy, creativity and enthusiasm continue to inspire us, and we know this is just the first of many successes.”

 

Scott, McEwan, Headteacher, Alva Academy

our 31 graduating students from 5 schools in Dundee. And a big thank you to our mentors from 15 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“Congratulations to all our graduates today from Dundee. It’s an absolute pleasure and privilege to be part of this celebration of your achievements especially as you have all worked through a very challenging time during this pandemic.
It’s a particular joy to see you at the end of your Career Ready journey having grown in confidence and self-belief.  You give us great hope for the future, and I wish you well as you take your experiences, knowledge, and the skills you have developed with you, confident to make the best choices for the next important steps on your life’s journey. Well done and best wishes to all of you, wherever that journey takes you.”

Audrey May , Head of Service (Chief Education Officer), Dundee City Council

our 3 graduating students from Knox Academy in East Lothian. And a big thank you to our mentors from 2 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“I am so proud of Summer, Kuba and Jason being our first Career Ready Graduates from Knox Academy. They have shown great application to the programme and their skills and confidence levels have grown throughout it. Thank you to their mentors who have contributed greatly to their development.”

Sue Cook, Headteacher, Knox Academy

our 134 graduating students from 23 schools in Edinburgh. And a big thank you to our mentors from 45 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“The resilience and tenacity you have all shown during the past year is awe-inspiring. No matter how hard it has felt, your drive and determination will take you so far in the life you choose to live. Congratulations!”

Jenni Lang, Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, Scotland | Edinburgh LAB Chair

our 17 graduating students from 3 schools in Falkirk. And a big thank you to our mentors from 11 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“I would like to congratulate all of the Falkirk Council Career Ready Graduates on their significant achievements over the duration of the Career Ready Programme.  In addition to the usual challenges we might expect you to face and overcome, you have managed to achieve, amidst the current ongoing global pandemic. I am exceptionally proud of you all and wish you success in your future endeavours. Well done and good luck with your future.”

David Mackay, Head of Education, Falkirk Council

our 69 graduating students from 15 schools in Fife. And a big thank you to our mentors from 31 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“Huge congratulations to all of our Career Ready mentees, who have worked really hard over the last two years. But also a huge thank you to all the mentors out there. I’m mentoring Rachel this year and I’m looking forward to seeing her graduation next year. It’s a great experience for everybody to learn new skills, to find out more about each other, and build confidence, so well done everybody and thanks for being involved.”

Carrie Lindsay , Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, Fife Council

our 170 graduating students from 30 schools in Glasgow. And a big thank you to our mentors from 64 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“Congratulations to each and every one of you. You have done such an amazing job during such a difficult year for us all. Now all we can do is look forward. Next year, we’ll be building on your amazing experiences, with more virtual work experiences as well as the real thing. You’ve done brilliantly, hang in there and get these amazing qualifications in.”

Maureen McKenna , Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council

our 14 graduating students from 4 schools in Midlothian. And a big thank you to our mentors from 11 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

‘You have risen up through the toughest of times, and you have had the strength to grab every opportunity you were given. Know that this strength will set you on an incredible journey through life. Congratulations!’

Jenni Lang, Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, Scotland - ASDA | Midlothian LAB Chair

our 43 graduating students from 8 schools in Moray. And a big thank you to our mentors from 26 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“On behalf of all in Moray education, I wish to pay tribute to the 43 Career Ready graduates this year particularly your continued commitment, resilience and determination to finish this programme during a global pandemic. I applaud you all and wish you all the very best for your futures”

Vivienne Cross, Chief Education Officer, Moray Council

our 39 graduating students from 8 schools in Perth & Kinross. And a big thank you to our mentors from 13 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“The Career Ready programme is a fantastic, potentially life-changing opportunity. However, it requires tenacity, flexibility and sacrifice from the young people who undertake this. Congratulations to you all – your success is richly deserved. Thank you also to all your mentors and your schools for supporting you to graduate from the Career Ready programme.”

Sheena Devlin, Executive Director (Education & Children’s Services), Perth & Kinross Council

our 14 graduating students from 4 schools in Stirling. And a big thank you to our mentors from 6 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

Congratulations to all Stirling students who have achieved so much this year despite all the difficulties and challenges. It’s brilliant that students and mentors have all found new ways of working together effectively during this year.”

Alan Kennedy, Science & Technology Director, Diageo and Forth Valley LAB Chair

our 41 graduating students from 9 schools in West Lothian. And a big thank you to our mentors from 26 employer organisations who supported them on their Career Ready journey.

“We are incredibly proud of our Career Ready graduates – they have shown employability skills second to none in challenging circumstances. We are very grateful to all those who have supported them through our partnership with Career Ready. Congratulations everyone!”

Catrina Hatch, Interim Head of Education (Secondary), West Lothian Council
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Share your grad ‘gram 👇

Take part in our virtual photobooth and share a photo for our graduation gallery. The best photo chosen by us will receive a £50 Amazon voucher. All you need to do is:

  • Click start to the right or click here
  • Take a selfie, boomerang, or gif
  • Choose your background – either one of your own or the Career Ready branded ones provided
  • Grad it up with either our virtual brand stickers or something graduation themed of your own choosing
  • Submit your photo to our gallery via the Photobooth – our favourite will win a £50 Amazon voucher
  • And then download your photo and add it to Instagram Story tagging @CareerReadyUK

If you’re a mentor, teacher, parent or guardian, or an employer of a graduating student, why not send a message of congratulations on social media? We’ve put together some template posts for you to make it even easier – don’t forget to tag @CareerReadyUK

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Go #BeyondCareerReady 
with our Alumni Network 

Joining our Alumni Network gives you the opportunity to receive job opportunities from our network of employers, professional development opportunities, and exclusive offers. Sign up to be in with the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. 

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The Young Person’s Guarantee

Finding the right opportunities can be hard, now more than ever because of COVID. The Young Person’s Guarantee is there to help fix this by giving you the education and employment opportunities to kickstart your future.

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Pathway spotlight

Finding the right career pathway for you can be tricky, that’s why our partners Diageo have put together a short video of Career Ready alumni talking about their career stories and roles at Diageo. 

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Apprenticeships at Diageo

And you can discover more fantastic early careers opportunities from some of our wider network of employer supporters. Do you have an opportunity available? Let us know!

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It’s been a privilege knowing and learning from you, we wish you all the best with your next steps. And thank you to every organisation and mentor who dedicates themselves to developing Scotland’s young talent. Please keep in touch with your mentor, join our Alumni Network, and add us to the education section of your LinkedIn profile.

Anne Wexelstein
Director for Scotland,
Career Ready

Thank you so much!

We hoped you enjoyed your virtual graduation. Don’t forget to take part in our photobooth and add your photo to your Instagram Story.  

And remember, your Career Ready journey doesn’t end here. We’re here for you during your next career steps, whatever path you go down. So sign up to our Alumni Network, add us to your LinkedIn, and keep in touch. 

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We’d like to give special thanks to the following organisations who directly fund our work in Scotland:

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Get in touch if you would like to join our network of employers, of all sizes and sectors, who make a difference to young lives across Scotland.