National award winners celebrated at flagship event

More than 100 students, teachers and employers from across the UK gathered in London on Tuesday 19 April, for the inaugural Career Ready awards evening, celebrating excellence in employer engagement and recognising the talented young workforce and future industry leaders. 

Awards included the Santander Employability Champion, the AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award, proudly supported by Citi. The event aimed to celebrate the successes of students who have completed the Career Ready programme, and reward the hard work of the volunteers and teachers who give their time, energy and passion to support young people as they prepare for the world of work.

Anne Spackman, Chief Executive, Career Ready, said: “This year we introduced a new award and changed an existing one to recognise the achievements, hard work and commitment of the people who make the Career Ready programme happen – our employers, our schools and colleges and our students.

“By bringing our award winners together to celebrate their achievements we could show the real impact of employer engagement through the voices of those who take part.

“At the event volunteers heard from students directly about the transformational journeys they have had while on the programme, and students heard about how much hard work has gone in from teachers and volunteers to give them access to these life-changing opportunities. Every winner spoke of their experience from the heart.

“We congratulate all of the winners and say a huge thank you to Santander, AstraZeneca and Citi for helping us to pay tribute to the people who make the Career Ready family as vibrant as it is.”

Representatives from more than 40 employers, including FTSE 100, public sector and SME organisations, joined those from nearly 20 schools and colleges from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The event was held at Level 39 Canary Wharf and was hosted by former Career Ready student, Shantell Nyamupanda from Bromley College. Shantell spoke to the audience about her own Career Ready journey.

Shantell said: “When I first started at college I wasn’t as focused as I should have been and didn’t take my studies seriously. I decided to start again on BTEC courses instead of A-Levels and also applied for the Career Ready business programme. It has been an amazing opportunity and is one of the best decisions I could have made. 

“My mentor has helped me develop key skills and confidence and my internship at RBS Future Williams & Glyn gave me the chance to put my skills and knowledge into practice in a real workplace. I hosted Let’s Do Business in London and I’m delighted to be able to host this event as well.

“Now I’m much more focused on my studies and have even joined the Local Advisory Board at Bromley College so I can have a say on the programme for future students.”

To view the social media highlights from the event please click here.