Who we are is what we do

We build networks with employers, educators, and volunteers across the UK to give young people the career support, experiences, and insights they need to kick-start their futures.

Our programmes

A journey to Career Ready

Each programme is mapped to specific learning outcomes, enabling young people to develop the skills, confidence, and aspirations needed for future career success. As a social mobility charity, we support young people who potentially face the most barriers in education and employment, and whose talents often go overlooked and undiscovered.

Changes to our programme in response to COVID-19. Please note, many of our programme activities will be conducted online until our network of schools and employers are in agreement that it is safe and right to reintroduce our face-to-face experiences.

Career Starter
CURRICULUM ESSENTIALS
Our trusted foundation of bite-sized assembly, tutorial and classrooms resources for every student, all mapped to Gatsby benchmarks.

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Career Builder
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Volunteer-led employer engagement opportunities, including group mentoring and workplace visits, that leverage the power of our network.

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Career Ready
POST-16 PROGRAMME
A complete ‘Career Ready’ programme for post-16 students including one-to-one mentoring and real experiences of the world of work.

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Career Ready
IN SCOTLAND
A two-year programme that empowers young people in S5/S6 to kick-start their career through mentoring, paid internships and more.

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Covid-19 support

Virtual reality

To support young people through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve launched a series of digital events so that young people can keep on developing their workplace skills and experience.

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

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Our skills framework

Skills for Career Success

We measure the impact of our programmes using a set of outcomes designed in partnership with employers and educators, mapped to the level and intensity of each programme.

Students assess their Skills for Career Success at key points, which they reflect upon with their mentors in monthly meetings.

I can react positively to change and see challenges as a way to improve my skill set. 

I do this by:

  • Identifying opportunities to improve my skills
  • Taking the initiative
  • Being open minded and understanding different jobs will exist in the future.

I communicate well and feel confident getting to know new people.

I do this by:

  • Listening effectively 
  • Asking relevant questions
  • Being able to confidently introduce myself to new people and speak about myself

I am able to think of my own ideas and how they relate to the task I am working on.

I do this by:

  • Understanding creativity is about ideas and how we develop them
  • Using my imagination to think of new ideas 
  • Thinking of ways to improve something and explaining why

I can identify careers and understand the entry requirements and skills that are needed.

I do this by:

  • Understanding jobs and how suited I am to any opportunity
  • Preparing for interviews 
  • Maintaining an up to date personal development record

I am responsible for my own behaviour and can organise my time to achieve my goals. 

I do this by:

  • Planning, organising and thinking about my priorities
  • Taking responsibility for my actions and decisions
  • Using positive and negative feedback to help me develop

I can analyse problems and develop a plan to solve them.

I do this by:

  • Reviewing relevant information
  • Thinking about how my actions effect situations
  • Talking with relevant people or groups
I am able to work with others to achieve a set goal.

I do this by:

  • Building relationships
  • Being supportive to others
  • Respecting other people’s opinions, ideas, skills and values
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