A soundbite from our Let's Do Business speakers

Dale Wylie, former Career Ready student:

"I had little idea what I wanted to do when I left sixth form and when you are 16 or 17 years old it’s so easy to get side-tracked. The Career Ready programme made me realise that even though I still wanted to go to university, I also wanted to join the career ladder. I’m now half way through my Virgin Trains Red Track programme and on my way to BA Hons in Business Management from Manchester Met – it’s definitely given me an advantage over the competition."

Anne Spackman, Chief Executive, Career Ready:

"One of the most effective ways to inspire young people about their future careers is for schools and businesses to work together. In our experience, a very successful and simple activity to get you started is to deliver our Career Ready masterclass on career pathways. Click here to access our template presentation and notes."

Jackie Hobson, Career Ready Manager, Bournville College:

"If I was to give one piece of advice about how to make a partnership between a school or college and an employer work it would be that both sides need to invest in and commit to the relationship. It takes time but by investing in a programme of employer engagement you are investing in these young people and you can give them a very special journey."

Dave Davies, Director of Debt Finance, Barclays and Career Ready Local Advisory Board Chair:

"There are many benefits for businesses in being part of a programme like Career Ready, which is why they have so many supporters. Offering mentoring opportunities can help to develop your junior managers. Offering internships can help you spot future talent in your local area. But for a lot of companies it is also an ideal way to give back to your local community."

Rudo Chawasarira, current Career Ready student, Bournville College:

"I joined the STEM Career Ready programme at Bournville College because I wanted to be able to make an informed decision about my future. My mentor has been amazing and has really helped me to narrow down my choices based on my career plans – I now know where I want to go to university and exactly what I want to study. He’s stuck with me for good now!"

Chirag Chavda, current Career Ready student, King Edward VI College:

"For many young people, going into a professional environment for the first time can be really challenging. I learned the importance of good communication and of listening to other people’s views, even when I didn’t agree. The workplace is very different from college and the fact that I’m presenting here today shows just what an impact my internship had on me."

Paul Ashdown, Principal, The Sixth Form College, Solihull:

"It is so important that our curriculum links to the real world our young people will be entering. We need employers to inspire young people with their stories and show them that what they are doing in classroom is relevant to what they will be doing in the workplace. Those skills are relevant whether the student chooses to go to university first or directly into employment."

Carolyn Savage, Head of Partnerships, Skills Funding Agency:

"The National Careers Service is keen to work with schools across England to raise the inspiration and aspiration of its learners through partnerships with employers, and we are keen to facilitate these relationships and support informed careers advice supported by some excellent, free resources which are available – both for students and for teachers. In particular we have 750 job profiles, developed with industry, CV builder, Career Action Planning, independent careers advice and guidance through telephone and web chat, along with dedicated young people’s section and teachers resources all available on the National Careers Service website."

Gloria Smith, National Careers Service partner for Birmingham & Solihull region:

"Hearing someone talk confidently and enthusiastically about their job or sector is so much more inspiring for a young person than reading about it on a piece of paper. You can bring your industry to life for a student – and it doesn’t need to be a big time commitment, simply offering a talk, attending a school or college’s careers fair, or welcoming students for a visit can have a huge impact."