It’s that time of the year again - things are winding down for the Christmas break, and everyone is taking stock of the twelve months just gone and looking to the year ahead.
For the Brokerage, we have had an incredible 2013 - so we would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for the support you have given us over the past year.
We simply could not do what we do without the help of companies, volunteers, schools and teachers, so from the whole team we would like to say a huge THANK YOU!
Here’s just a few of the achievements from an enjoyable, exciting and pretty non-stop 2013:
- 341 workplace visits and in-school events have allowed us to engage with more than 6,500 young people in total.
- 150 workshops were hosted by 45 companies and institutions, giving more than 2,900 young people a first-hand introduction to careers in the City. These were supported by over 700 volunteers hours.
- 134 young people successfully gained paid internships with 27 employers and institutions.
- 36 candidates gained apprenticeships or permanent school leaver/graduate roles through our recruitment service.
- We’ve worked with teachers and students from 131 schools across London.
- 85 companies and institutions have supported us through hosting workshops, providing internships and job opportunities, volunteering and financial support.
Thank you from the whole team, and we look forward to working with you in 2014!
Here’s a quick look back at some of 2013's most memorable moments:
The Launch of the Brokerage Alumni Network
In April we officially launched the Brokerage Alumni Network and our Alumni Board steering panel with an entertaining evening at the Bank of England with more than 40 Brokerage Alumni - some of which first worked with us over 12 years ago!
Paul Fisher, a member of the MPC, gave a key note speech alongside Brokerage Alumni Buket and Mohammed.
The City Careers Conference
For the first time this year, we organised our own major graduate recruitment event. The City Careers Conference took place in August and saw almost 200 of our undergraduate and recent graduate candidates networking with representatives from 17 of the top names in business and finance.
A special thanks to Clifford Chance for hosting us!
State Street Mentoring Programme
This Autumn saw the third edition of the programme, and a major expansion with 42 undergraduates and graduates taking part in the 8 week structured programme.
As usual the programme culminated in a Business Challenge - participants had to construct a 5 minute presentation on the benefits and risks for a US firm entering the UK. The eventual winner was Zoe Ennin (former SFX College student and long-time Brokerage participant) who was awarded a summer internship at State Street.
Our thanks to the State Street team and mentors for all their hard work putting together this brilliant scheme!
City of London Business Traineeship Awards
A long-established annual highlight on the Brokerage calendar, this year we were hosted by DLA Piper and the awards were presented by the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford.
It was another fruitful night for the insurance industry with awards for Swiss Re (Employer Newcomer) and QBE (Employer of the Year), as well as Highly Commended Trainee of the Year going to Josh Oluwefemi (who interned at Beazley and ING) and Trainee of the Year for Joshua Watkins (intern at QBE). For the second year running, Project Champion of the Year was awarded to a member of the ING team, this time to Marc Lewis.
The Brokerage Business Challenge
The first ever Brokerage Business Challenge saw 40 sixth formers from 9 schools working in teams to devise a rescue strategy for a fictional struggling restaurant. Each team worked with a volunteer ‘business guru’ including several Brokerage Alumni.
The members of the winning team each won a 2 week work experience placement, with placements being provided by 8 companies.
Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted the event, thanks Alison!
Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Essay Competition
22 schools took part in the Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Essay Competition, which was organised by us. Over 150 excellent essays were entered and the WCIB presented the prizes at the Awards Evening hosted by ING in December. Congratulations to Kristina Terech from Newham Sixth Form College for her winning essay!
Our relationship with the Company has built up over the years and for the last two years it has funded our Working in the City Programme. During the year we also helped them develop further their City Experience programme through which members give talks on their specialisms in schools.
Launch of the Brokerage Recruitment Services
This year we formerly launched our formal recruitment service for employers looking to reach out to a wider pool of diverse, local talent.
We’ve been thrilled with the interest from our partners, which has allowed us to place 35 of our candidates into apprenticeships, school leaver jobs and graduate roles during 2013.