Work Ready workshops
Preparing students for work


KPMG is a leading global accountancy firm. As part of their education outreach, and to build links between staff and local communities, they decided to focus on employability skills. A Work Ready pilot programme, aimed at 14-16 year-olds in ten secondary schools, was planned by EdComs to improve the employability skills and career awareness of students at a critical stage.

What we’ve done

EdComs organised the pilot programme that reached 1,340 students from diverse backgrounds and academic abilities. The sessions ranged in size from 20 to 120 pupils. KPMG staff were fully involved, providing information about career pathways so that the sessions had a very practical feel. A particular feature was the use of mannequins to create a Work Ready young person, equipping the mannequin with personal skills and relevant qualifications to think through issues around applying for jobs.


  • 87% of the students were more aware of the employability skills that business look for
  • All the teachers felt the sessions offered all students opportunities to be engaged
  • 97% of teachers would recommend the activity to others
  • 93% of KPMG volunteers valued the programme, particularly for its connection to diverse audiences


“The students loved the mannequins, the quizzes and getting to write a real CV. Students produced valuable work almost without them realising it. Perfect for our KS3 careers programme.”

Juliet Alexander, Stoke Newington School


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