The Career Ready programme provides the students with discipline, support and encouragement to be the best they can be.
My name is Marlene Harries, I’m Local CEO of NatWest Bank in Cardiff. I’m also a LAB Member and Mentor at Cardiff and Vale College and in 2016 I was awarded Volunteer of the Year.
Why did you get involved in Career Ready?
I saw it as an opportunity to get involved in mentoring young adults and to develop my own influencing skills in both volunteer roles.
I felt I had a wealth of experience and life skills to share with the students and to motivate them to maximise their potential.
From an employer’s perspective it is contributing towards the local community with resource rather than just money, and also by creating opportunities for students to gain internships within the organisation.
What has been your biggest achievement with Career Ready?
The most important thing I’ve done with Career Ready is creating opportunities for students to gain life and interpersonal skills to prepare them for University, or indeed for the world of work.
I believe that in my role as LAB member I have contributed effectively and added value to meetings.
Why would you recommend supporting Career Ready to other employers?
When you see the difference in the students from the beginning to end of the programme it is quite remarkable and satisfying; they grow in confidence, ability and self-belief. This has given me a huge sense of pride and job satisfaction, particularly when our students have been nominated for various awards within the Career Ready programme.
This programme makes such a difference to this small, select group of young adults; it provides the students with discipline, support and encouragement to be the best they can be.
How does it feel to be recognised as Volunteer of the Year?
To have been recognised for adding value to the programme is quite humbling.