Video courtesy of Speakeasy, produced by Career Ready students Lauren, from Kinross High and Donald, from Breadalbane Academy
Chloe has developed from being a shy and quite insecure person to someone who enjoys talking in public impressively. She is now an ambassador for the school and is proof of the difference Career Ready can make.
Susan Cook, Deputy Head Teacher, Leith Academy
Alongside their coursework in the classroom, Career Ready offers young people hands-on experiences of work. These ‘extra curricular’ activities are based on our eight Skills for Career Success, the key attributes, knowledge and characteristics recognised by our employer supporters. The programme activities are split into four main areas and are what makes the Career Ready programme so successful in transforming young people’s lives.
Every Career Ready Student is partnered with a mentor, who is an employer volunteer and acts as their sounding board, guide and critical friend. They will meet on average twice a term across two academic years, S5 and S6, to discuss coursework, workplace skills and share their mentor’s real life experiences. To be able to get advice and support from someone who has ‘been there and done that is invaluable.
A workplace visit may well give students their first chance to go to a workplace. Seeing how a business works at first hand can be an unforgettable experience and really spurs students on in their studies.
Our structured series of masterclasses gives students access to inspirational speakers, from young graduates to senior executives. They tell their own story and also deliver an engaging session mapped to one or more of the Skills for Career Success with the help of speaker guides provided by us, with follow-up activities for teachers and students. Hearing from business people often has a dynamic effect on students. Masterclasses can also have an impact beyond your Career Ready programme, as they are a resource available to all our schools.
The paid 4-5 week internship between S5 and S6 gives students a summer they’ll never forget. They will be able to use their newfound skills, get to grips with the workplace and often discover resources of courage, determination and ingenuity they never even thought they had. The transformation of your students in those four or five weeks can be remarkable.