For several years, Leidos has supported Career Ready, a UK-wide charity that links employers with schools to open up the world of work to young people. As part of the support, Leidos has a number of employees who mentor 16-19 year olds.
We're also sponsors of the Career Ready Student of the Year Award, which was presented on April 25 at the Career Ready Awards in London. The ceremony saw students, parents, mentors, volunteers and supporting organisations come together to celebrate the achievements of the young people who go through the programme. There was also recognition of the contributions of mentors, volunteers and industry in helping make a difference to lives of students.
The main take-away from the awards and having listened to the stories of various students: No matter where you start from in life or the challenges that life throws at you, if you have the determination to succeed and support, you can achieve great things!
For me, the highlight was presenting the awards to the regional Student of the Year winners and the two overall winners. The awards recognise students who have made exceptional progress during their time on the Career Ready programme.
The winners of the Leidos Student of the Year Award were Kiara Ross from Elgin High School and Jephta Asamoah from Barking College – congratulations! Kiara and Jephta will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize – a visit to Washington D.C., courtesy of Leidos. There they will visit Leidos Headquarters and meet senior leaders and other staff, and they will also visit other international businesses which support Career Ready in the UK – and of course, they will have a fantastic time sightseeing!
Tracy Greenfield, left, presented Jephta Asamoah and Kiara Ross with their Career Ready Awards.
Through Career Ready, mentors, volunteers and industry combine to help young people prepare for work and develop as individuals. The transformational stories that we hear are truly inspirational and make me very proud of the impact our Leidos mentors can have on their mentees.
While we currently have mentors in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, we are actively working with Career Ready to see how we can support the programme at more of our UK sites. To do this, we will need more people to volunteer as mentors across the UK – more about this, as and when we have more details.
I am also pleased to announce that we recently offered Career Ready student Ryan McCafferty a role as a graduate apprentice in Glasgow where – subject to passing his highers - he will also start a BA (Hons) in Business Management at Strathclyde University in September.
Finally, I’d like to thank Fiona Keady for all her hard work coordinating our Career Ready activities and recognise our own Leidos mentors:
- Kristy Moir
- Allan Thornley
- Gavin Young
- Gill McNeill
- John Reid
- Steven Leonard
- Susan Brown
- John Martin
- Rhett Harris
- Neil Gubby
All of you are not only an inspiration to the young people you work with, but an inspiration to us all – thank you!
To find out more about Career Ready please visit careerready.org.uk
Tracy is Vice President of Human Resources for Leidos UK & Europe.More Content by Tracy Greenfield