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

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 student – they 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 organised and paid by the mentor (£5.20 p/h recommended by Career Ready).  
  • There is a £50 charitable contribution per mentor, currently covered by Human Resources.


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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Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust is a leading charity that helps those furthest from employment transform their lives.  The GET INTO programme aims to give young people, who are work-ready but do not have vocational skills, the chance to work.  The University would offer 12-15 work placements for 4-6 weeks, with the expected outcome we would offer a minimum of 50% of the young people further employment at the end of the work placement.  There is no staffing cost for the period of the placement.  

More information is also available on the Prince's Trust website:

Prince's Trust


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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:

Laura Allison

Tel: 0131 650 9668

Guidance for staff hosting work placements (young person)

Useful link:

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