Human Resources

Youth Talent Programmes

In addition to Modern Apprenticeships, there are other youth initiatives recruiters can explore to work with young people.


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Career Ready

Career Ready is a charitable organisation that links local high school pupils with employers.  Two year programme for 15 to 18 year olds, that sits alongside school studies during S5 and S6.  The programme is a great way to help young people bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

Career Ready presents a real opportunity to make an enormous difference to the future career aspirations of a young person. Quite a responsibility for mentors who take part, but it also affords them with a personal development opportunity too. Together you'll both end up getting a great deal out of the programme.

  Damon QuerryTechnical Officer, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
2019 Career Ready Celebration event
2019 Career Ready Celebration event

Read more about one of our Career Ready Intern's experience at the University

Schools Out...for sustainability! Frankie's experience

How does Career Ready work?

  • Be a mentor for a School Pupil - we will be putting a call out for mentors for the 2020/2022 programme in June  2020. The 2020 Programme will begin in November. Please note the start of the programme may be subject to delay.
  • Your School Pupil will come into your place of work approximately 12 times over two years.  You will be given training, toolkits, and support by Career Ready.
  • A four week work placement which takes place between June/July, will be organised and paid by the mentor's department. During the work placement, your School Pupil can spend time in other departments and areas of the University. (2019/2021 Programme £5.60 p/h + 12.07% holiday pay).  
  • At the end of the four week work placement, the HR Resourcing team will host a celebration event to thank our School Pupils and Mentors for all their hard work. At the event School pupils will give a short presentation to family, friends, and mentors about their time at the University. 
  • The HR Resourcing team will support you throughout the programme and arrange information sessions for you to share ideas and meet with other mentors.



 It’s an understatement to say that my internship has affected me beyond any preconceived expectations. I feel as though I am a more developed, enthusiastic and confident person than I was before, and I owe it all not only to the Career Ready Programme, but to everyone at the Business School, who have shown me a respect I had never known beforehand, given me new perspectives and taught me a great deal of not only transferable, practical skills, but also a newfound comfort within myself, and a trust in my own ability to communicate and work effectively with other people.

Career Ready Intern, Business School, Summer 2019


If you would like become a mentor please complete the below registration form:

Click here to complete the Career Ready registration form (secured)

If you would like to find out more information about the programme before registering your interest please contact

Career Ready website

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Job Education and Training (JET) programme

The JET programme, run by Edinburgh Council, is an early intervention programme which aims to prepare young people in Edinburgh for the world of work.  They provide high school pupils with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, national qualifications to develop employability skills and aims to ensure that students enter a positive destination post school. The programme is delivered Edinburgh-wide and provides opportunities for school pupils aged 14 to 16.

How does JET work?

Managers who wish to offer a placement to a JET student will be responsible for managing the student in the workplace, over an agreed period of time.  Often this is one day a week (typically a Friday) but can be flexible to meet the needs of the young person and organisation. The manager will provide a safe working environment and appropriate work related tasks.

More information is available on the JET website:

JET Programme

STEM Ambassador 

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Being a STEM Ambassador is about engaging and enthusing young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You will help encourage students to consider further study of STEM subjects and progression into related careers, inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.

It offers the chance to give something back to education and the wider community, whilst giving you the chance to develop your own skills and improve yourself.

"Being a STEM Ambassador is probably the most satisfying aspect of my career. Inspiring kids for the future is the pinnacle of what's possible and it's tremendous fun too!" - Derek Langley, Product Manager at Thales


How can I become a STEM Ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors get involved in a range of activities to impact on young people's learning and enjoyment of STEM subjects. Some of the activities a STEM Ambassador can be involved in are mentoring, hosting a site visit or work experience, provide a Careers talk and be involved in the classroom.

More information is available on the STEM Learning website:

STEM Learning


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Marketplace: Developing the Young Workforce

'Marketplace' is an online digital platform, which aims to improve engagement between employers and local education (primary, secondary and further education).  It allows the University to engage in more targeted and meaningful activity.  You can offer different opportunities to target groups by offering:

  • industry insight talks
  • work placements
  • career events
  • talk as a business leader in the classroom
  • skills sessions e.g. CV workshop, interviews, communication

To access and add opportunities to Marketplace please visit: 



For more information, on any of these initiatives, please contact:

Human Resources Resourcing:

Useful link:

Work Placement (Young Person) - Guidance for Managers (EASE password required)