Scores of keen Career Ready students from London and the South East are today heading to the heart of the Capital to celebrate their graduation from the programme.
Hosted at the head office of event sponsor, Aviva, the special ceremony marks the end of the exciting 18-month programme, designed to prepare 16-19 year olds for the world of work.
Some 390 students took part in the initiative, which included important work experience in an industry of their choice, one-to-one mentoring, site visits and master classes, giving them the skills and confidence they need in the workplace.
Graduates attended this year’s ceremony will hear from motivational speaker, Action Jackson, who will remind them of their great achievements and call on them to stay focused on the next stage of their career journey. Previous Career Ready students Thomas Lee from Christ The King Sixth Form College, and Fazila Deen from Petchey Academy will take to the stage and give their personal stories about the impact of the programme on their lives.
Attendees will also hear first-hand from Chika Aghadiuno, General Insurance Director, Group Actuarial Function at Aviva and member of their Global Inclusion Council at Aviva about their businesses and the employment opportunities they offer.
Chika said: “We’re very proud to support Career Ready and contribute to the valuable work they do with young people across the UK. Preparing students to make the most of opportunities as they embark on their careers is crucial to having a skilled and inclusive workforce for the future. It's great to see so many students graduating from the programme today, we wish them the best of luck as they move on to their next challenge.”
Now in its fifteenth year, the Career Ready programme is going from strength to strength. This academic year it worked with more than 250 schools and colleges across the UK.
Fazila Deen, a Career Ready graduate from Petchey Academy, said: “After graduating last year and winning the Sir Winfried Bischoff Student of the Year for London and the South East, I’m pleased to be back to celebrate with this year’s Career Ready graduates.
“During the programme my internship at RBS gave me a clearer idea of what I wanted to do in the future. After my internship RBS kept me on as an on call employee, and I am sent to different branches to cover staffing. I also recently completed an internship with Accenture and secured a graduate job there. I’m still considering whether I want to go to university and I’m looking at apprenticeships as well.
"I’m really grateful to Career Ready for giving me a fantastic internship, and the confidence to believe in myself.”
Caroline Kandaya-Breakfast, Career Ready’s Regional Manager for London and the South East, said: “The Career Ready programme gives students a real advantage as they enter the job market. It is 18-months of hard, but interesting, work which involves real commitment. I’m delighted to see so many students emerge feeling prepared for work. I wish them all the very best in the future.”