Internships across the UK have resulted in employment for a record number of Career Ready students this summer.
Students at companies including Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Future Williams & Glyn were all offered a range of part-time employment, apprenticeships and full-time roles to support their future careers.
Career Ready internships last 4-6 weeks (depending on where the students are based) and mark the half-way point of students’ journeys through the Career Ready programme. Internships play a vital role in the programme, opening up the world of work to young people.
Lloyds Banking Group, who offered more than 100 internships to Career Ready students across the UK this year, offered nineteen students from London and the South East part-time employment with Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group.
Phil Carr, Regional Service Manager for the Greater London region at Halifax, said: “We are really proud to have been able to host our highest ever number of Career Ready students in Halifax branches in Greater London over the summer.
“Lloyds Banking Group seeks to help Britain prosper by helping individuals succeed and bringing communities closer together, and developing our relationship with Career Ready over a number of years is a great example of this.
“Career Ready students have a good record of starting part-time work with Lloyds Banking Group after their placement, and the feedback from students at this year's graduation was testament to how much they valued the experience and had grown as individuals for having taken part.”
Twelve students who completed placements at Future Williams & Glyn have also been offered part-time or on call roles, and one student has been offered a permanent position.
James Brayshaw from Winshaw recently offered George Lawrence a full-time role as a Research Analyst on their Digital Marketing Apprenticeship after successfully completing his internship there.
James said: “Hosting an intern has been particularly rewarding as you see positive change in people very quickly and can see first-hand that you are making an impact.”
In Glasgow, Mahir Gul from Shawlands Academy has been offered a Saturday job at RBS as a result of his internship, and in Moray, Sarah Cantlay from Elgin High School is taking up a position at Springfield Properties after a successful internship there. Calum McBain from Meldrum Academy in the North-East of Scotland is due to begin an apprenticeship at James Fisher Offshore shortly.
Other Scottish successes included Kayla Cockburn, who was offered an apprenticeship at Wood Group as a result of her internship there.
Kayla said: “The best part of my internship was meeting new people and getting some really beneficial experience.
“Career Ready internships are important because they give you experience and great things to put on your CV. Thanks to Career Ready I have been offered an apprenticeship with Wood Group because of my internship there!”