Business Students are recognised for being Career Ready


Some of our Extended Diploma in business students received their certificates this week, to prove they are indeed Career Ready!

Thank you to Tesco Bank, The Business Factory, TEDCO, Asda, Robertson Simpson, Turner and Townsend, Bowmer and Kirkland, HMRC Newcastle, Equans, Identi Consult who have mentored our students the past year as part of the Career Ready programme, your impact on their course work achievement (passing all external assessments first time) and future destinations has been amazing.

The Career Ready programme is an employability skills programme that is built to encourage networking and social mobility of learners across the UK. Our BTEC Business students take part in this initiative as part of their professional studies programme where they achieve an extended diploma in business.


Learners are provided with a business mentor, employability masterclasses, and industry engagements with a visit to a key business in London. Learners can apply for paid internships which can lead to employment and degree apprenticeship opportunities.

The Extended Diploma in Business programme allows learners to achieve the equivalent to 3 A Levels in business subjects with a mix of coursework and external assessments. It is a dynamic qualification with a variety of practical elements including work experience, organising an event and creating marketing campaigns, to name a few.

Joanne Chadwick, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form said:

"We couldn't achieve all of this without the support of the Career Ready programme and we appreciate the added value it provides our learners. It proves learner with amazing opportunities and has seen business alum come back to mentor our current learners. The Business programme is orientated towards the knowledge, skills and behaviours of management and as such provides a great overarching qualification for any student unsure of their destination following their GCSE studies."

Alexander Brown, BTEC Business student said:

"The Career Ready programme is a great experience, it has opened doors for me at local businesses and opened my eyes to the construction industry. I was able to take part in work experience, I also got a paid internship over the summer with Robertson Simpson. I contacted Turner and Townsend, and Bowmer and Kirkland to see if I could get work experience with them to investigate business careers in the construction industry further and these people were all contacts made at industry visits and through my business mentor. It has led me to apply to Northumbria University to study quantity surveying as this is what I aspire to have a career in."

Laura Alexander, Cost Manager, Turner and Townsend also said:

"Alex stood out amongst the cohort as the ‘one to watch’ gaining exceptional feedback from each of the businesses and teams he went to work within. Each business highlighted how motivated he was and how dedicated he was to learning and understanding the roles. His drive to succeed and the passion he found for construction became clear following the organisation of a second lot of work experience in the industry. It is rare to see someone so young with such drive and dedication to succeed and resilience against any of the knock backs he faced. "It is students like Alex that are the reason we in the industry do what we do with school engagement. I can honestly say that hearing Alex’s feedback and knowing that I was a small part of the journey that inspired him to enter our industry has been the highlight of my career so far. I am excited to see him progress as one of our future industry leaders.”

If you would like a career in a business-related subject, feel free to apply online today or visit us at our Open Evening at 5-7pm, on Tuesday, 6 June 2023.

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