Developing skills through volunteering

We know your time is precious. That’s why Career Ready offers a range of flexible volunteering roles, all of which help transform our students’ lives.

Choose from short-term to longer-term commitments to suit your schedule and business. Whatever volunteer role you decide to take, as you guide students on their journeys to the world of work, you will find that you and your colleagues are also on a unique journey of development.

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My mentor, Iain Robertson, went to so much effort to help me in my plans for the future. He supported me through some of the toughest times in my life, but most importantly Iain has always believed in me and because of this I’ve become who I am today.

Morven Petrie, Career Ready student, Glasgow

As a Career Ready mentor, you work one-to-one with a student and can have a real impact on their development. Meeting on average twice a term over two academic years, S5 and S6, you support their studies with advice and real life experience. It’s also a great opportunity to develop your own coaching skills and spot future talent.
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The Internship 

It gave my team an opportunity to mentor and support, which in turn supported their own skills development.

Julie Harbison, Technical Training Manager, Diageo plc.

During the four or five week internship, our students come in to work for your company. This is usually their mentor’s company. They get to put their learning into practice in the workplace, and often become valued team members. Offering a Career Ready student an internship gives you the chance to influence a crucial period in a young person’s life and improve your or your employees’ management skills. 

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I have seen Career Ready grow to the point where it has become part of a network between education and industry. The benefits for both students and employers are significant. It  helps guide potential employees into the right roles in the future and prepare companies better to understand the needs of young people.

Duncan Skinner, retired CFO, Wood Group PSN & Career Ready LAB member

The LAB (Local Advisory Board) is the vital link between the Local Authority, its schools and the business community. Joining the LAB gives you a say in how the Career Ready programme is delivered in schools and you can ensure that the skills students are developing are relevant to your business. Working with the LAB furthers links between your company and the community and widens your network with local employers.

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Workplace Visits 

The energy and excitement that comes from having 20 young and eager people at your business provides a massive boost of excitement on the floor.

Barry Sewell, UK BPO Service Delivery Leader, RSA

Opening your doors to show a group of Career Ready students around your business can have an electrifying effect on your workplace. Explaining your business to students who may never have even been in a work environment before gives you the chance to look at your company in a different way and possibly meet your future employees.

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I am delighted with the response from our staff to get involved and help young people develop the skills required for entering the workplace.  This gives our staff a great chance to develop their own skills for their career progression.

Ian Ferguson, Director of Customer Solutions and Digital, Commercial Lines, UKGI, Aviva plc

This is the chance for you, as a volunteer, to meet students and engage with them directly about your experience and share your expertise. Our masterclasses are structured to deliver the key Skills for Career Success, which underpin the Career Ready programme, so you can tell your story and build the students’ skills at the same time.  

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