The Leidos Career Ready Student of the Year Award recognises the students who have made the most progress during their Career Ready experience. That does not necessarily mean the best students or those with the highest academic results, but those who have come furthest on their Career Ready journey.
Students can be nominated by school coordinators with a supporting statement from their mentor. Only one student per school can be nominated. Mentors cannot nominate students. If you are a mentor, please send your supporting statement to your school coordinator explaining why you believe your mentee is deserving of the award. Winners will be selected in each of the following nations and regions:
- Northern Ireland
- The South: London, South East, Essex, Cambridge, Plymouth, Poole
- The North of England and Wales: Midlands, North East, North West and Wales
One overall UK winner will be selected from the regional winners and will be announced at the national Career Ready Awards Ceremony in London in April.
Through the kindness of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, a winner from each area in Scotland will receive a prize in recognition of their area award. The prize and a framed certificate will be presented when we celebrate students’ achievements, progress and success at their graduation ceremony in March.
Nominated students must:
- be a Year 2 Career Ready student
- have successfully completed a four week internship
- have an ongoing relationship with their mentor
- have committed to attend their masterclasses
The UK winner should be available to travel overseas during August/September 2019. We require parental permission and the winner should have a valid passport.
Things to consider
The award recognises the students who have had the most transformational journey on the Career Ready programme. You are asked to provide a written statement of 500 words in length (typically a single side of A4) explaining how you think this student has made significant progress over the course of the programme.
This is your chance to ensure your nominated student stands out. You could consider some of the following points in your statement:
- The differences you see in the student now, compared with the beginning of the programme
- Attendance at masterclasses, internship performance and the quality of their mentor relationship
- Examples of the student showing commitment to the programme, for example by helping at events or applying for further experiences
- Relationships with peers, teachers and employers
- The career aspirations the student has now that are different or more defined as a result of their Career Ready experience
- The student’s achievements during the programme (personally and for the wider school community)
- Their future plans – we would expect nominated students to demonstrate clear thinking around their career paths on leaving school, e.g. progressing to an apprenticeship, college, university, school-leaver programme or into employment
Nomination and judging process
To nominate your student, please complete the online nomination form by Wednesday 19 December 2018.
Any incomplete nominations or nominations received after that time will not be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged by email.
If you are a school coordinator, please ensure you have the supporting statement from the student’s mentor.
If you are a mentor, please send your supporting statement to their School Coordinator explaining why you believe your mentee is deserving of the award.
Nominations will be judged at a regional level in February 2019.
Those nominees selected to go forward to the national judging process will be invited to an online national judging interview in early March where they will be interviewed by a panel for approximately 30 minutes and asked to deliver a presentation – we suggest a maximum of six PowerPoint slides.
The decision of the judging panel will be final and there will be no appeal procedure.