employed.im is helping inspire the future through Career Ready

employed.im is proud to announce that they are the new coordinators of Career Ready Isle of Man (IOM).

employed.im and Career Ready IOM will be helping to prepare young people aged 16 – 18 years old on the Isle of Man for the next stage of their careers, whether that be Higher Education or the world of work, as they leave school or college. The Career Ready scheme is a year-long programme which involves monthly one-to-one meetings between students and their matched mentors, some employability masterclasses and a  4-6 week paid internship, all of which aims to equip students with the experience and skills they will need to enter employment.

This is the first time in the North West region that the coordination of the programme sits outside of education. As the coordinators of the Isle of Man Work Experience Programme, in conjunction with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, for the past three years, employed.im is readily equipped to support these young adults in the next phase of their career development.

employed.im General Manager, Lorna Trevethan says: Lorna Trevethan, General Manager

“We’ve developed strong relationships with both local employers and schools over the past three years, taking Career Ready under our wing is a natural step for us and it fits in perfectly with the work that we are already undertaking locally which includes coordinating the Awareness of Careers in Engineering (ACE) Programme, Manx ICT Association, and its Apprenticeship programme. We’re passionate about helping students enter the world of work with the right skills that employers are looking for.”

The current focus for Career Ready IOM is ‘Information Technology’, supporting students on developing career readiness in the IT and STEM sector.

Career Ready was an amazing experience for me. The internship gave me an insight on how the IT industry works and confirmed that it was a field that I definitely wanted to be a part of. Stephanie Dunne Career Ready Mentor

My mentor, Lorna, wasn’t just there to prepare me for the internship but she also helped me discover skills that I didn’t know I had and helped me become more confident in myself and my work. She also showed me that there are other options than sixth form and university.  With the skills that I learned and the experience gained, I was able to become a part of the MICTA Apprenticeship Scheme. I am now an IT apprentice for the government.”

Stephanie Dunne, Isle of Man Career Ready student & MICTA Apprentice.

Stephanie has now registered to be a mentor over the coming 12 months due to her positive experiences.

After recruiting 15 students to the programme, Lorna accompanied them on their first Career Ready event, the Capital Experience in London. The event started with a Masterclass and motivational talk with Action Jackson at the Dominion Theatre, followed by a further masterclass at Moody’s in Canary Wharf. Now that the students are on board, the programme really needs more mentors and internship companies to join. Mentor support and the provision of internship placements are imperative to the success of the programme, and ensuring that students are offered a variety of placements to suit their skill-sets.

Career Ready 2018-19 students

Career Ready 2018-19 students ready to start the programme

Could you be a mentor?

We’re looking for professionals from any industry on the Island to offer their support and help students develop their employability skills during their placement.

What being a mentor involves

DBS checks will be carried out on volunteers before assigning a mentee.

If your organisation is able to offer a 4 week internship in the ICT field, whether you are a software/tech company or have a strong IT or infrastructure department, employed.im want to hear from you!

 

The deadline for registering as a Career Ready mentor is the 11th January 2019. Being a mentor is a fantastic opportunity for professionals to build on their existing skills and provides budding students with a career-changing experience towards their future.

To register interest, contact Lorna Trevethan by email careerready@online.sch.im or by phone 01624 664000.