We Get Digital with Fluency
On Monday we were invited to the “Get Digital” Demo Day with Fluency, a new social enterprise providing a unique blended learning experience in digital, marketing and tech. We met the 14 new digital gurus that have completed the programme this year, and got to hear about and see some of the work that they’d completed.
As Fluency co-founder Sinead MacManus told the audience, the new digital economy is not just a passing fad – an increasing proportion of new jobs will require digital literacy, so it’s vital that young people build up their skills to take advantage of the myriad of careers that are either being fundamentally changed by, or created by, the internet age.
We’d certainly recommend Fluency to any young people who want to develop their digital skills, or who want to work towards a future career in the media or technology industries. Check out their website for more details.
The future of 14-19 education is … apprenticeships
We visited the Institute for Public Policy Research this week to hear from Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, speak on the subject of “14-19 Education: The Way Forward”.
It was a really interesting insight into the reforms that have taken place over the past five years; what has worked and what hasn’t, some of the rationale behind the changes for this age group and what announcements and developments are on the horizon.
A Catch up with Allen & Overy’s Smart Starters
We were invited by our friends at Allen & Overy to meet their Smart Start Experience cohort this week, to talk about post-6th form options and opportunities.
The Allen & Overy Smart Start Experience is a week-long work experience programme for Year 12 students, with a brilliant mix of activities and competitions designed to build the skills of participants and give them a great start to their future career.
We talked about some of the opportunities with the Brokerage coming up, including the City of London Business Traineeship Programme, the Vocational Trainee work and study programme and much more.
For the main event we invited three former Smart Starters (and Brokerage Alumni) back to A&O to talk about their experiences since they took part in the Experience. Gordon, who took part in 2010 whilst studying at Dunraven School in Lambeth, Temi and Zara, who both took part in 2011 and studied at St Mary Magdalene Academy, gave us a run down of their journey from sixth form onwards, and shared some tips and advice. Gordon studies at Roehampton University and is a budding entrepreneur, with several start up companies already under his belt and he’s already looking at adding a few more. Temi and Zara are both studying law and are focussed on a future career as corporate lawyers, but they’ve ended taking very different routes – Zara studies full time at the University of Law, while Temi ended up finding a gap year placement through the Brokerage at the Bank of England and was offered a permenant role, so she studies during the evenings at Birkbeck alongside working.
The main message from all three of them were that plans can and probably will change. Don’t panic if they do, see it is as an opportunity to embrace. There are numerous places that can provide support and help, from welfare services at your university to organisations like the Brokerage, so seek it out and use it. Most importantly, be open minded and opportunistic!
More visits for our 2015 Recruitment Drive
This week we spent Monday afternoon in North West London visiting William Ellis School and Quintin Kynaston. On Tuesday it was the turn of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School in Southwark, where we delighted to be joined by former SSSO pupil Courtney – who completed a CBT internship at UBS before starting the Vocational Trainee programme with Commerzbank where she still works four years later.
Wednesday was a much-needed day of catching up in the office, while on Thursday it was back into action at St George’s RC School in Maida Vale. Friday saw us finish off the week at St Aloysius School in Islington. That’s it for school visits for 2014, but next week the team will be busy running student registrations – always our most exciting time of the year! We'll be back out battling the elements to find the best talent that inner London's schools has to offer in January.
This week’s recruitment highlights
We sent out yet another opportunity from Beazley this week, a fantastic internship opportunity within their Healthcare division running from January to March. We’ve also finalised details of a great IT apprenticeship opportunity with ACE Group, which will be sent out on Monday – a great 18 month programme of professional development and experience for those interested in a future in IT. School leavers should look out for Commerzbank’s Vocational Trainee programme opening for applications next week too!
And of course, just a few days left to apply to the Berwin Leighton Paisner Summer Vacation scheme through the Brokerage. Really exciting applications so far, check out the details here.
Next week we have interviews lined up for candidates with Smith & Williamson and Chaucer, so fingers crossed we might even have some good news before Christmas for candidates.
The team have also been busy putting together this January’s Career Masterclass series for undergraduates and graduates. There’s a great line up of 10 speakers hosting events on a variety of careers, industries and interesting topics, look out for news next week.
Tweet of the Week
After some great times alongside our growing army of Brokerage Alumni volunteers recently, we were getting a bit teary eyed...
It's AMAZING to have so many awesome Brokerage Alumni volunteering time + hard work to inspire the next generation! THANK YOU! #JustSaying— Brokerage Citylink (@the_brokerage) December 9, 2014
News Item of the Week
There was big news in education this week as OFSTED released it's Annual Report. Their Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, declared that progress and improvement in schools is in danger of stalling with 170,000 pupils attending schools judged as inadequate, a big rise over two years ago.
The improvement in London schools, particularly in inner London, over the past 10 years has been nothing short of astonishing but there is still a long way to go, in the capital as well as the rest of the country, before we can say we have a truly outstanding education system.
Coming up next week…
- We try to "slow down" before Christmas
- Student registrations for the CBT programme kick off
- A look at 10 years of success with the Commerzbank Vocational Trainee programme
- January Masterclasses line up confirmed