Opportunities for new employer supporters in Scotland


Career Ready in Scotland is looking for new organisations to join its growing network of employer supporters.

Career Ready’s employer-led programme of mentoring, paid internships and masterclasses supports young people (across S5 & S6) to identify and focus on their future career, immersing them in the world of work. Working directly with employers, Career Ready gives young people aged 15-18, who are still in school, role models and networks to ignite their ambitions, plus the experience and skills they need to fulfil their career aspirations.

The inspiring people I met along my Career Ready journey, including my mentor from Scottish Gas, gave me motivation and showed me what I could achieve if I pushed myself. Career Ready has opened the door to opportunities I never thought would be possible.

Liam Begbie, 2017 alumni, now working for Standard Life Aberdeen

Students are matched to a business mentor who they meet every 4 to 6 weeks, wrapped around a high-quality paid internship within the mentors’ organisation. For our students, the positive impact and outcomes are clear: a step change in confidence, raised aspirations, and a clear progression pathway to higher-level study or the world of work. For mentors, as well as a real sense of satisfaction, they develop their skills too. For employers, our high-impact programme offers structured outcomes and provides an easy way to connect with local schools and meet your potential future talent pipeline. 

I have gained a fresh perspective and new way of thinking in my role as a mentor. It has been personally fulfilling knowing that I have contributed to my student's growth and development.

Ross Keddie, Career Ready Mentor from Chivas Brothers

Help grow our network

Our network of more than 1,000 professional volunteers represent 270 employer supporters, from across 20 industry sectors, who have partnered with Career Ready to transform the lives of hundreds of young people in Scotland every year, through our structured, high-impact programme of mentoring, paid internships and masterclasses.

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.

David Cutter, President, Global Supply and Procurement at Diageo

Organisations including: Aviva, Babcock International, BP, Diageo, Johnsons of Elgin,  Kaiam, Leidos, Morgan Stanley, Petrofac, RBS, Santander, Scottish Water, SSE,Standard Life Aberdeen, Scottish Enterprise, UTEC Starnet, TechnipFMC, and The Scottish Government  are already helping us support over 1,000 students across 12 local authorities in Scotland but, with a further 700+ starting the programme in autumn 2018, we can only achieve our aims of reaching more young people with the help of more likeminded employer supporters.

If your organisation would like to help transform the lives of young people in Scotland by joining our growing network of employer supporters, please contact our Regional Manager in your area.