We’ve taken a bit of a break from writing the round-ups over the Christmas period, so this week we’re giving you a summary of our activities over the last month.
It’s not really been any less busy at the Brokerage since the start of 2015, in fact the year has left us pretty exhausted already – in a good way!
Welcome to our new team member Bridget!
This month we were delighted to welcome the newest member of Team Brokerage – Bridget Gardiner. She is our new Executive Director, and joins us from the Epilepsy Society.
Bridget brings varied experience from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, where she has held a number of marketing and fundraising roles.
During her first couple of weeks she’s been getting stuck into our workshops and Masterclasses, meeting our Alumni and corporate supporters and getting generally immersed in all things Brokerage. You can read about her first week with us and her initial impressions of our work, our supporters and the young people we work with here.
Going forward Bridget has responsibility for strategic and business planning, profile and awareness raising and income generation, as well as overseeing governance, finance and managing the Brokerage staff team. If you would like to contact Bridget to discuss how you can get involved in the Brokerage’s work please call us using the usual telephone number.
A Masterclass (or nine) for our undergraduates
Our January series of Career Masterclasses is now a popular fixture on the Brokerage calendar, and the 2015 edition saw some brilliant sessions. Some of last year’s favourites made a welcome return, and we also had some unique additions to the schedule.
“I really enjoyed the Masterclass today, it's the first Brokerage event I've attended, and it has definitely surpassed the expectations I had. There was a great laid back atmosphere, and it helped me learn a lot and feel comfortable asking questions.”
In total, we ran nine Masterclass sessions with over 100 students attending at least one. Click here for a quick summary and some key take aways from each of the sessions.
The AMOS Bursary visit the Brokerage
We’ve recently been in discussions with the AMOS Bursary about potential collaborations, and this month we were delighted to host our first joint event for their students.
The AMOS Bursary work with academically able British young men of African and Caribbean decent on an intensive four year personal and professional development programme. It is a holistic programme aimed to develop softer skills essential for the workplace and supports the boys through key academic years. Over the years there has been a lot of crossover in the students we’ve worked with, many of our Alumni also participated in the AMOS Bursary scheme and so it seemed a great idea to team up properly.
23 of their students visited the Brokerage office, where we organised an in-depth CV surgery. After a quick introduction to some CV fundamentals, the students spent over an hour speaking one-to-one with Brokerage staff and volunteers about CV feedback and general career advice. 20 Brokerage Alumni volunteered for the session, giving their unique insights and perspectives.
You can read some of the brilliant quotes from the AMOS students and some pictures of the event here. Look out for further news on this collaboration very soon!
Recruitment Team round up
There’s been no let up in our activities over the Christmas and New Year period, and candidates will have seen several new opportunities posted since the last round up in December.
Several opportunities that were opened in December have been progressing. Good luck to candidates interviewing this week for Beazley and Aspen. And a huge congratulations to Henry, who is the newest addition to Chaucer’s excellent apprenticeship programme!
Our exciting partnership with Berwin Leighton Paisner has been progressing quickly. More than 70 candidates applied for this opportunity, and we’re now in the process of organising their assessment centres where 24 Brokerage students will be participating.
Applications for Commerzbank’s Vocational Trainee scheme and the Willis School Leaver programme are now OPEN and we’ll be sending out regular reminders to all candidates. Several other programmes are about to be finalised, including Chaucer’s 2015 apprenticeship scheme.
We’ve also sent out our first summer internship opportunity for 2015. It was a bit of an unusual one, with Transport for London in their Marketing and Communications team, but is an absolutely brilliant opportunity for students interested in a future career in marketing, advertising, PR or media. Almost 40 students have applied, with 13 shortlisted for a first round interview.
Preparations for the City of London Business Traineeship programme are progressing at a pace. Throughout December and January we were registering students, and now the team’s attention is starting to move to employers. We already have a number of internships confirmed and it’s potentially going to be another bumper year for the programme!
Since the schools returned in January we’ve already visited Mulberry School, St Marylebone School, Parliament Hill School and Archbishop Tenison’s School with plenty more to go.
Coming up next week...
- The Schools Team kick off their spring term workshops
- The Launch of a new mentoring scheme with Rabobank