The 2016-18 Career Ready programme in Scotland has officially kicked off following a series of launch events held across the country.
Several new schools, including five from new local authority areas, West Lothian, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, joined more than 100 schools in local authority areas who already run the programme. Students met their mentors for the first time at regional launch events throughout September and October.
Sarah McCafferty, a student from Elgin Academy who spoke at the launch event in Moray, completed a paid internship with Diageo this summer. Describing her experience, Sarah said:
“The Career Ready programme has honestly been one of the most beneficial experiences of my life so far. Before my internship I had no idea what to expect from the world of work but my mentor, Andrew Ballantyne from Diageo, helped me so much.
Gary Merrylees, Talent Manager at Diageo, said: “The growth of the Career Ready programme in Scotland is testament to the positive impact it’s having on our young people. Diageo has been continually building a relationship with Career Ready along with local businesses to help develop and release the potential of young people – it’s something we’re extremely passionate about.
“The increased demand for the programme is fantastic news. We’re proud that we can help to build pupils’ confidence and ambition to set them up for successful careers.”
“Through this programme, young people have access to the kinds of professional networks they would never meet otherwise, and therefore having the same chances as students from much more privileged backgrounds – as we’ve seen from our 2016 student of the year, Ryan Thorne, who has just begun his degree at the University of St Andrews following an unforgettable trip to New York. I hope to see many more success stories like Ryan over the next two years.”
“Focusing on shaping youth talent, Career Ready provides a multi-faceted approach through the quality masterclass programme, paid internship and most importantly, mentoring, and I am honoured to be part of all of these this year. I feel privileged to be a mentor and to play an active part in a young person’s life. Knowing the positive impact this can have for their future I am eager to see what they will achieve over the course of the next two years.”
“We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of employers like Diageo, without whom our growth wouldn’t be possible.”