On Wednesday 15nd March 2017 at Noa’s Bakehouse, Douglas 12 students from Ramsey Grammar, Queen Elizabeth II, Castle Rushen and St Ninian’s High School graduated from the Career Ready Programme. The graduation was a celebration of the student’s achievement over the past 2 years.
The Career Ready programme consists of 4 pillars – masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships. It provides the opportunity for schools, colleges and employers to work together in highly productive ways to develop future talent pipelines, to ensure the curriculum is meeting local employer skill needs and to help transform young people’s career pathways. Classroom learning is combined with direct contact with the workplace and employers. This makes the Career Ready programme stand out.
The evening started off with an overview from the Career Ready Coordinator, Jo Davies , who thanked all of the employers & volunteers who have given up their time to mentor and/or offer an internship to the students. These include: PDMS, Noc396, Hansard Global, GTS, AFD Software, IT Works, WiManx, Future Tech Ltd, Netcetera, Isle of Man Post Office, Annexico, Galileo Fund Services Ltd, Isle of Man Government Departments: E-gaming, Project Managers, Network Architects, E-business managers, Lloyds banking group and Caledonia Ltd.
Next, Mr Gregeen (Education Minister) spoke about the benefits of the programme to the students , ‘the programme has given students the skills that they cannot learn in the classroom such as interview skills, etiquette in the workplace and getting them career ready’. The students were all awarded certificates that marked the successful completion of the 2 year programme.
Students, Rose Ten Donkelaar, Morgan Skillicorn & Kieron Thompson outlined the student perspective of the programme. Rose explained ‘my internship at Noc396 was fantastic, I got to work with a young, innovative and creative team who nurtured my strengths and helped with interview and presentation skills. I had a brilliant summer, thanks to Oliver and the team at Noc396’
Morgan reiterated this, his internship was at Netcetera and his mentor was Duncan McLeod from AFD Software, Ramsey. ‘My internship was brilliant; I worked with a great bunch of people. My confidence has developed, I used to be very shy but the internship improved this no end’
Nathan Hill from Castle Rushen undertook his internship at GTS, Isle of Man Government where he developed technical IT skills, Nathan commented ‘ I learnt how to use InfoPath, Visio and how an office deals with day-to-day issues and situations - thank you for this great experience!’
Finally, Duncan McLeod a Local Advisory Board member and mentor closed the evening with an inspirational & motivating speech. Duncan supports the mentoring section of the programme because ‘he believes that all good leaders need to develop their mentoring skills. I believe that it is enjoyable & rewarding experience to mentor young people ’
The Career Ready initiative has been backed by the Department of Economic Development, Department of Education & Children, MICTA and is also supported by employers on the Isle of Man.
Further information:
If you would like more information on the Career Ready programme go to www.careerready.org.uk or contact your Isle of Man Co-Ordinator, Jo Davies on [email protected]

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