A Soundbite from our Let's Do Business speakers

Caitlin Sillitoe, former Career Ready student:

"The reason we are all here today is to give other young people in Liverpool the opportunities I had through Career Ready…we want you to leave here today with contact details of partners who you can work with to kick-start the process, and with some practical ideas for ways to work together."

Karen Adriaanse HMI, National Lead for Careers Guidance, OFSTED:

"For many young people today, there is no such thing as a career ladder any more, their careers will be more like a 'career scaffold', where twists and turns are inevitable. We simply cannot ignore the fact that so many 18-24 year olds are either unemployed or under-employed, not reaching their full potential. Conversely, many businesses struggle to recruit the right people because they don't have the skills needed. Excellent careers guidance is therefore as critical for businesses as it is for all young people in schools and colleges."

Margaret O’Neill, Career Ready Coordinator, All Saints Catholic High School:

"The Career Ready Local Advisory Board is key to the success of our programme. Our LAB members, all business leaders from the local area, help to bring in other employer supporters by recommending the programme to their colleagues and networks."

Barry Sewell, Local Advisory Board Member, All Saints Catholic High School:

"When students don’t understand a particular industry it makes them put up barriers and they lack the confidence to apply for roles. Businesses need students to leave schools ready to take up a career, and schools need businesses to tell them what skills will be required."

Olivia Bradley-Moore, current Career Ready student, All Saints Catholic High School:

"Having a mentor had a huge impact on me and I learned a lot about myself. It has helped me find my strengths and realise what I can make of myself and I feel encouraged to strive for better results."

David Shaw, current Career Ready student, Halewood Academy:

"My internship gave me the transferable skills and the self-confidence I will need in any career path – whether I choose to go to university or straight into work."

Brendan Chorley, Vice-Principal, All Saints Catholic High School:

"Working directly with employers gives our students real world experiences, helping them to develop essential employability skills and increasing their ambition – and we know it works. In September, none of our 2014 leavers were NEET."

Kate Forrest, Assistant Head Teacher, West Derby School:

"The impact of the Career Ready programme on the students involved is huge – but the impact goes far wider than that. We encourage other sixth form students to join us on visits to workplaces, and to benefit from the application and interview process, even if they do not join the programme."

Joe Billington, Deputy Director, National Careers Service: 

"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."

Jerry Stokes, National Careers Service partner for Liverpool City Region:

"The aims of the National Careers Service local partners are clear: help young people to become more confident in accessing the careers information available; raising awareness among parents and carers; increasing the use of resources by teachers; increasing partnership working; and driving greater local engagement."

Kate Willard, Corporate Affairs Director and Company Secretary of Stobart Group:

"The world of work is very different from the world of schools but what is essential is to have a confident partnership."

Steve Granite, Managing Director of Abbey Logistics:

"Business and educational people speak different languages and both sides need to understand that. In business we are used to email as the main form of communication but teachers are in classrooms teaching during the day. Businesses need to understand there may be a delay in getting a response, but teachers also need to respond as quickly as possible."

Colin Bath, Site Leadership Team at AstraZeneca Alderley Edge:

"I believe it’s important that students think outside the obvious roles. At AstraZeneca, in addition to the Bioscientists and chemists, we need engineers, IT, accountants, logistics, marketing and much more to bring a new medicine to market. Businesses can help schools to understand their industry better."

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills at Liverpool City Council:

"Liverpool has come a long way as a city and Liverpool City Region is passionate about bringing opportunities to young people. We want to show that university isn’t the only option and that increasingly young people want to earn while they learn."

Mike Houghton, Managing Director, Siemens Process Industry and Drives:

"Evidence shows that if you have four positive interventions with young people you can help guide them successfully into a suitable career. The challenge is to get young people engaged from an early age, particularly in STEM subjects, where we are facing such a huge skills shortfall."