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More pupils get Career Ready as scheme grows

A SCHEME which offers secondary pupils a paid internship with some of Scotland's top firms is being extended across more of Glasgow's schools.

The Career Ready project, funded by Diageo with support from Glasgow City Council, will now be accessible to 27 of the city's 30 secondary schools.

The structured two-year Career Ready course is designed to give pupils on-the-job experience as well as mentoring and masterclasses.

Teenagers can apply for a fourweek paid internship with firms including Diageo, Search Consultancy and Santander.

Schools joining the next round of the programme will include; Govan High School, Smithycroft Secondary and Hyndland Secondary and Springburn Academy.

The scheme will be rolled out to all 30 of Glasgow's secondary schools in 2017.

Gary Merrylees, Talent Manager at Diageo, said: "Diageo has been continually building a relationship with Career Ready along with local businesses to help develop and release the potential of young people - it's something we're extremely passionate about.

"The increased demand for the course is fantastic news. We're proud that we can help to build pupils' confidence and ambition to set them up for successful careers."

Employers link directly with local schools and young people in the senior years, bridging the gap between education and the workplace.

Abbi McCormack, a student from St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, added: "Before I joined the career ready programme I was really apprehensive and had no idea what the world of work was like. Working with my mentor and having the opportunity to complete an internship with Santander has opened doors I never knew could be opened and really helped me."

Ian Robertson, Assistant Director of Education Services at Glasgow City Council, added: "Career Ready is giving young people across Glasgow an incredible opportunity to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential and it is fantastic to welcome our biggest group of students and mentors yet.

"Through this programme, young people like Abbi have access to the kinds of professional networks they would never meet otherwise, and therefore having the same chances as students from much more privileged backgrounds - as we've seen from our 2016 student of the year."

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