The Career Ready programme boosted my confidence, helped me to develop new skills and create lasting friendships. I know now that I can create an exciting career for myself and a better future as well.”

Ella Gibbs, graduate, Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh

Career Ready is an amazing opportunity, putting students like you directly in touch with employers from all areas of work. Whatever you want to do with your life, Career Ready can give you the skills you need to get the career you want.



If you’re 16-19 years old we offer a structured programme of masterclasses, workplace visits and mentoring that fit around your current studies, including a 4-6 week summer internship (many of them paid). Forget traditional ‘work experience’, this is your chance to become a valued team member, put the skills you’ve learned into practice and find out what work’s really all about.

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I got a proper understanding of what working life is really like – from having to travel there and make sure I was punctual every day, to handling money and working on the front desk. I was quite a shy person before but it gave me the confidence to apply for finance apprenticeships. 

Rebecca Maude, student, Prior Pursglove College  

Our highly successful programme has been running over a decade, and over 4,000 volunteers from hundreds of firms are waiting to help you. We have people from every kind of organisation – from the NHS to multinationals, including a quarter of the FTSE 100 companies.

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When you join Career Ready you will get:

  • A mentor to act as a guide, sounding board and critical friend
  • Practical advice on CVs and applications
  • The chance to develop employability skills, social skills and confidence/self-esteem through regular contact with working people and work places
  • An increased awareness of jobs and career possibilities

“Before I joined the Career Ready programme I was unsure of which career path I wanted to pursue. I was a shy individual who lacked confidence and the programme has allowed me to flourish socially and academically.”

Ansab Ahsan, student, Warwickshire College,

So think big, because the vast majority of Career Ready students go on to university, or straight into employment or work-related learning.

If you don’t just want to work, but want a career:

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