On 25 April, Jo Davies, Career Ready Coordinator for the Isle of Man, was invited to attend the Career Ready Awards Ceremony, Canary Wharf, London. The ceremony is the flagship event of the year for Career Ready. It is a celebration of the students, employer volunteers and teachers nominated for prestigious awards. Jo won the Santander Employability Champion for the North West. On receiving her award, Jo Davies explained ‘this award should be shared with the rest of the Local Advisory Board Members (Jonathan Hall, Andrew Cole, Lorna Trevethan (PDMS), Duncan Mcleod (AFD Software Ltd), Annette Baker (Ramsey Grammar School), Maff Long (QEII), Shane Moss (UCM), Lulu Gillow (UCM), Graham Cregeen (MHK),Tom Gough (Thomas Patrick Creative Agency Ltd), Owen Cutajar (MICTA) and Fergus Lole) who have all contributed to the programme either through funding, sourcing mentors and help finding summer internships’.

The programme has successfully helped 50 students since it was launched in 2014 and has been instrumental in making STEM students ‘career ready’. Evidence of this is Stephanie Dunne from Ramsey Grammar School who commented on the benefits that the programme had given her. ‘I was given a mentor who helped me with preparation for my summer internship. We met for one hour every month, where we discussed things like interview techniques, organising workloads, setting goals and communicating well with a range of professional people. It was great experience to take responsibility for my own work schedule and to be committed to my own project.’

The Career Ready programme has been running on the Island since 2014 and currently involves all five High Schools and University College Isle of Man to deliver a STEM themed Career Ready programme to meet the needs of the growing STEM Sector identified in the New Programme for Government (2016-2021).