The partnership with Career Ready, which launched just a few days ago, will see up to 40 young people, aged 16-18, at six schools and colleges, and from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds, receive support which can include one-to-one mentoring, paid work experience placements, skills masterclasses, and workplace visits from a range of local employers.
This builds on the longstanding relationship between bp and Career Ready over the last 12 years which has supported over 500 students in London and Aberdeen. bp and Career Ready will now work together to also support young people across Tees Valley develop their workplace skills, knowledge, and experience, helping to boost their future career prospects.
It is part of a major community investment by bp in Tees Valley’s young talent, intended to help level up the region and showcase the future jobs that could be supported via bp’s projects on Teesside.
Tom Thayer, Skills Partnership Manager at bp, said: “We are incredibly proud to be able to expand on our partnership with Career Ready; offering young people in Tees Valley additional support and opportunities they need to help boost their career prospects.
“Over the years, our established relationship with Career Ready has already helped equip hundreds of young people across the UK with the resources and skills needed to excel in their early work life, and we’re excited to see the benefits the programme will bring to the Tees Valley.”
The charity is calling for more local employers to get involved and help more local young people in the area achieve their potential by providing workplace mentoring and paid internships.
To find out more about the Career Ready programme and to get involved, visit www.careerready.org.uk.