The Career Ready programme provides a journey with a purpose and a strong boost of confidence to prepare everyone for their next journey in life.
My name is Kevin Elliott, I’m Head of Business & Private Banking at Yorkshire Bank, based in South Yorkshire. I am a LAB Member at Longley Park Sixth Form College and have also mentored students on the Career Ready programme previously. In 2016 I was awarded Volunteer of the Year.
Why did you get involved in Career Ready?
I got involved initially because I felt it is important to give back to the local community in which I work. It’s also a good way of protecting my company for the future – Career Ready provides a platform to create and nurture our future workforce. The programme ensures that future employees are prepared for their new life in a working environment.
It is also an enjoyable experience to see young children develop into successful working employees.
What has been your biggest achievement with Career Ready?
The most important thing I’ve done has been spreading the word in the business community as to why it is important to become involved. I have shared my ideas on how to make the programme successful and this has helped to create new programmes, new Local Advisory Boards and new internships; all of which has helped to increase the number of successful employees joining the workforce through the Career Ready programme.
Why would you recommend supporting Career Ready to other employers?
The valuable time you provide now can help shape the employees of the future. We all have an opportunity to get involved and in some small way, we can all provide confidence and support to our young children of today.
This programme is important because it provides values, a journey with a purpose and a strong boost of confidence to prepare everyone for their next journey in life.
How does it feel to be recognised as Volunteer of the Year?
I am proud to have won this prize because I do feel that in some small way my contribution is helping to shape the business commerce of the future. I have a passion to support and help people less fortunate in life than myself and I truly feel that this is one valuable programme that allows me to do just that.
This prize is dedicated to all of those young children over the last 10 years who have been through the programme and made a real success of themselves.