New programme to help Glasgow pupils be ‘career ready’

(l-r) Anne Wexelstein, Career Ready Director for Scotland, and Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, with a group of Glasgow school pupils taking part in the Career Ready programme
(l-r) Anne Wexelstein, Career Ready Director for Scotland, and Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, with a group of Glasgow school pupils taking part in the Career Ready programme

A programme designed to support pupils into employment is being extended across all 30 Glasgow secondary schools.

The Career Ready programme, funded chiefly by a number of partner businesses and local government, will see around 140 pupils in Glasgow embark on the structured two-year programme.

It’s designed to give vital employability and career management skills, experience of the world of work and exposure to useful networks.

The programme includes a four-week paid internship with some of Scotland’s top businesses, including Diageo, Standard Life, Morgan Stanley, SSE, RBS and BP.

To mark the significant growth and launch of the 2017-2019 programme, pupils, mentors and supporting partners were joined by Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Employability and Training, last week at Celtic Park.

Mr Hepburn said: “I’m pleased to see the great work being undertaken by the Career Ready programme to help young people develop the skills and experience necessary to enter the world of work.

“As a government, we are fully committed to ensuring that all Scotland’s young people have access to a diverse range of skills training and employment support. Scotland has one of the lowest rates of youth unemployment in the EU and recently we were able to announce that we fulfilled our commitment to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent four years ahead of schedule.”

Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education at Glasgow City Council, added: “It’s fantastic that young people from Glasgow’s 30 secondary schools are starting their Career Ready programme today.

“The opportunity for students to develop skills and confidence and gain real work experience will be invaluable for their future career choices. The journey that they will go on with their mentors will help them to release the potential that every one of them has.

“Career Ready helps schools and employers across the city to work together and build productive relationships. We are grateful for the support that mentors and employers give each year, helping to guide pupils to make positive decisions about the next steps they will take after they leave school.”