Employers boost young people’s skills and success with UK-wide internship scheme – FE News


Employers invest in future workforce with UK-wide internship program

1,200 young people aged 15-18 across the UK are gaining the skills and work experience needed to close the skills and success gap with support from employers.

Under the Career Ready scheme, 301 employers of all sizes and across sectors are opening their doors to young people and giving them the practical experience and support they need to start their future, showcasing UK talent and boosting social mobility .

Internships will run throughout July and August, the majority of which are paid internships of at least four weeks and are a hybrid of in-person and virtual work. Working as part of a team and supported by a dedicated line manager, young people will network with colleagues, develop important employability skills and contribute to team projects.

Employers taking concrete action to invest in young people under the Career Ready scheme include some of the UK’s leading employers such as Aviva, BP, Bupa, British Land, Citi, CBRE, Diageo, Mathy’s & Squire, Marsh, Morgan Stanley, Mountain Warehouse, NatWest, Permira, Savills, Scottish Government, SSE, Wates.

James Bardrick, Citi UK Country Head and Managing Director of Citigroup Global Markets Limited, said:

“Youth unemployment and the accompanying loss of talent is a persistent problem, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. At Citi, we are committed to playing our part in solving this problem with our Pathways to Progress initiative. This year, our partnership with Career Ready enabled 65 young people to benefit from a paid internship at Citi. There is a tremendous amount of valuable new learning and understanding between our employees and interns.

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, CEO of Career Ready, said:

“There has never been a more critical time to invest in young talent. The pandemic has reduced social mobility and caused a potential future skills gap that we urgently need to address. The most effective way to solve this problem is for employers to invest in young people through paid internships and mentoring. We urge more companies to join us in helping young people launch their careers.

Opinium research, made possible with support from the Citi Foundation, shows that it will help boost social mobility, equip young people with life-saving skills and connect employers to future talent:

  • 98% of Career Ready students engage in sustained work, education or learning after the program, compared to 86% of their non-program peers
  • 90% of interns said the experience helped them develop key employability skills
  • 72% of employers would hire their Career Ready intern
  • 87% of former interns said the Career Ready program had a positive impact on their lives

Career Ready is a UK-wide social mobility charity that connects schools and colleges with employers to prepare young people for the world of work. Career Ready was founded in 2002 and currently works across the UK to support young people from underrepresented backgrounds.

Career Ready is currently supporting over 1,200 young people through a targeted program of paid internships, mentoring, workplace visits and skills courses for young people aged 15-18 in England, Scotland, the Country. of Wales and Scotland in Northern Ireland.

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