More than 1000 students gathered over the last month in venues across the UK to celebrate their graduation from the Career Ready programme.
Graduation ceremonies began in Edinburgh and took place in Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, London, finishing in Belfast on Thursday 28 May.
A number of Career Ready awards were presented at the ceremonies, including the Santander Career Academy of the Year, Franklin College, and London and the South East Mentor of the Year, Neha Mehta. The winners of the Sir Winfried Bischoff Award 2015, Cameron Barber and Lucas Ferreira, were also announced at the Edinburgh ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremonies, Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Ready, said: “This occasion is a celebration of everything you have achieved over the last two years. When the clapping has subsided, you might take a moment to reflect on what you have learned and the distance you’ve travelled in terms of maturity and self-awareness.
“This programme is just phase one in your journey. Whether you are moving into work, going on to college or university, please keep in touch with us.
“We wish you good luck and much success in your future careers.”
The ceremonies were presented by Career Ready alumni who gave personal insights into the impact of the Career Ready programme.
Attendees at the ceremonies included students, friends and family, as well as representatives from employers across the UK. Speakers included students who discussed their mentors, their experiences on the programme and their plans for the future.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for London and the South East, student Stef Jajipieris said: “The Career Ready programme has developed me massively as an individual. It has taught me how to network and socialise with people with greater skill both inside and outside of business.
“Most of all the programme has fuelled my will and desire to succeed in my business career ambitions.
“I have met people and seen first-hand that maintaining the same effort and willingness to learn and succeed as I have on the programme will lead to more opportunities in the future.”