I hope this award will help to achieve further improvement and recognition of the importance of volunteering within the construction industry.
My name is Angelika Chraska-Pongo, I’m Senior Community Relations Manager at Costain and also volunteer as a Mentor and LAB member at Quinton Kynaston School in London. In 2016 I was awarded Volunteer of the Year for London and the South East.
What does your role with Career Ready involve?
The most important thing I’ve done with Career Ready is arranging paid internship for 15-16 year olds, including for Yehya Hawila who was a finalist in this year’s AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Award. I’ve also given a lot of time to QK school to support them in setting up a successful LAB.
Why would you recommend supporting Career Ready to other employers?
I initially got involved with Career Ready because of their enthusiastic and professional approach. Working with them can save you time and lot of energy – they have years of experience and a wonderful, dedicated staff who are available all the time.
The Career Ready programme is important because it gives experience and confidence to young people and also opens doors to big companies.
It is also a good example for employers of the importance of volunteering and convinces them that what they do can make a difference. It is well structured and perfectly controlled.
How does it feel to be recognised as Volunteer of the Year?
I am proud to have won this prize because it will help to achieve further improvement and also recognition of the importance of volunteering within the construction industry.