Career Ready program proves a hit for Speyside pupil Mia

Mia Ingram – four week internship followed year-long mentoring.

A SPEYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL pupil has said she is “more prepared” for leaving school next year thanks to her participation in the ‘Career Ready’ programme.

Mia Ingram has produced a blog on Moray Sports Hub website in which she explains her participation in the scheme that has seen a year-long ‘mentoring’ Kim Paterson, Moray’s sports development officer.

She has concluded the year with a four-week internship working with the Sports Hub – and while Mia admits that Sport will not be her first choice when it comes to finding work after school, the skills and experience she has gained will be valuable.

“During my internship I was given a variety of things to do,” Mia explains, adding: “Attending meetings, doing office work, helping at summer sports camps and also the Club Links and Active Start sessions in Elgin.

“The thing I enjoyed most over the four weeks was helping the coaches at the summer sessions – I enjoyed this as it gave me the opportunity to work with children of different ages and abilities which is something I don’t get to do regularly.”

Career Ready is a UK-wide project that links employers with schools and colleges, offering a structured programme of employer engagement that helps schools meet their statutory duty for careers.

Through volunteering for Career Ready employers get a rewarding opportunity to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills, and find the next generation of talented employees.

For Mia, the internship has been valuable: “Overall I have found the experience extremely valuable and I would encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to take part, as I have learnt so much about the world of work and definitely feel more prepared for leaving school next year.”

Mia’s blog can be found by following this link.