Career Ready Programme

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‘Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

Career Ready offers a structured programme of employer engagement that to help students compete with the best in the country.

The Career Ready programme offers intensive engagement for students with employers through four elements - mentoring, masterclasses workplace visits and internships. These experiences help young people develop the skills they need for a career in an area linked to their academic studies or interests.’



Aberdeen City; Schools Engaged
 Bridge of Don Academy
 Kincorth Academy
 Northfield Academy
 Oldmachar Academy
 St Machar Academy
 Aberdeen Grammar School
 Harlaw Academy
 Hazlehead Academy

Schools in Pipeline

 Bucksburn Academy
 Cults Academy
 Dyce Academy


 We have over a decade of experience in leading a transformation in the way employers, Local Authorities and schools work in partnership to prepare young people for the world of work. We enable sustainable, scalable place based partnerships that increase the number of employers helping make young people career ready.

 Our aim is to deliver the leading targeted employability programme, the best practice model for employer and school engagement in Scotland and support schools to have a clear employer-led career and employability strategy that is outcome focused and can be mapped to other careers and employability activities.

 Career Ready increases social mobility by giving young people with little family background of higher education or professional careers the confidence, skills and networks to achieve life-long success at work, raising aspirations and attainment.

 We do this through a programme of mentoring, a 4 week paid work placement, masterclasses and workplace visits delivered by employer volunteers in schools and offices, giving young people regular contact with working people and work places.

 The Career Ready programme is defined, developed and planned for the local area led by employers, with the Local Authority and schools (the Local Area Business Board).

 In line with the Developing the Young Workforce ambitions, employers, Local Authorities and schools get an engagement model that works. Career Ready is cited as an example of best practice for employer engagement in the latest CBI Scotland report, Delivering Excellence - A New Approach for Schools in Scotland and referenced in the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce: Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships, Guidance for Employers.


Our impact

 Since 2011, our schools focused strategy in Scotland has experienced tremendous growth with a positive impact for all stakeholders within the complex network of relationships that we manage. From two Local Authorities, 8 schools and 56 students in 2011, we currently work with11 Local Authorities, 109 of their secondary schools, and from September 2016, 1100 students with a plan in place to work with the remaining 30+ secondary schools in these areas with demand from other Local Authority areas. In each of these areas we are a valued and important contributor to their Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups plans. Appendix 1 details the current Local Authorities and schools we work with.

 One outcome of success is measured by the number of young people leaving school more work ready, having made an informed choice about their future career destiny with a plan in place to achieve it, whether via further/higher education, employment or self employment.

 In Scotland, 97% of our 2013 and 2014 students went on to a positive destination, of whom 25% went into work or work-based training, 54% are at university (often the first in their family to go on to higher education) and 21% are in further education.

 In 2014, nearly 20% of Career Ready students across the UK applied for an apprenticeship or school-leaver programme, twice as many as those completing the programme in 2007.

 20% of businesses who support us have recruited at least one student they met through the Career Ready programme; 80% of businesses state they would employ a Career Ready student as a result of their experience.

 More than 200 employers and more than 2,000 employer volunteers in Scotland deliver the programme and sit on the local advisory boards, which create a sustainable connection to the local employment market. From the private, public and voluntary sectors, we have successful working relationships with everyone from small, independent businesses to multi-nationals – including a quarter of the FTSE 100.

 Through Career Ready, employers and their employees get the chance to develop their own management skills and find the next generation of talented employees. The benefits to business are as recognised and valued as the impact on young people. Appendix 2 details our current employer supporters in Scotland.