Career Ready has been shortlisted for a Charity Times Award in the ‘Best use of the web’ category, after launching an innovative new website in June 2015, in collaboration with IE Digital.
The awards, given by prominent third sector magazine Charity Times, celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.
The website, which was funded by an individual philanthropist, was designed by IE Digital, who created both the front and a back end to recruit and match business volunteers and students for mentoring and work placements. The platform also allows schools to easily manage the day-to-day running of the programme.
Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Ready, said:
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a high profile award. Career Ready now has a website that proudly promotes its achievements and impact as a leader in the employer engagement field, and an operating platform on which to grow.
“Last year we introduced a system on our website that saves both the charity and schools from complex and costly admin. This in turn has meant we have
been able to reduce costs for budget-stretched schools, and reach more young people than before.”
Ollie Leggett, Managing Director, IE Digital said: “What makes the Career Ready project so special to IE Design Consultancy is that it’s so much more than a website. It’s a digital service platform that has transformed the way Career Ready delivers value to volunteers, young people and corporate sponsors alike.
“The project required a leap-of-faith from the team at Career Ready, who placed their trust in IE’s Agile, iterative approach to development. We went on a journey together to find an unknown solution that delivers more value than we could ever have imagined.
“We’re delighted to have played our part in helping a fantastic organisation take a significant step toward achieving its ambitious growth and impact objectives. A true partnership approach that will help to shape young lives for many years to come.”
Career Ready is one of four charities shortlisted for the award, along with Citizens Advice, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Shelter. The overall winner will be announced at an awards event on Wednesday 28 September.