We are truly delighted to announce that The Brokerage Citylink has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards for our Continuum mentoring programme with the US investment bank State Street.
The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards recognises organisations across Greater London who exemplify best practice in corporate community involvement.
The current Lord Mayor is Alderman Alan Yarrow and he will present awards to the winners at a Mansion House gala dinner on the 30th September 2015. The award is in its 28th year. The preliminary judging panel was held on Tuesday 2 June, and the shortlist has been confirmed.
Our mentoring project with State Street, Continuum, in the Community Partners Award category, has been running since 2012 matching undergraduates who have attended state schools in London, with senior staff from State Street. For the students, the programme provides a structured scheme to help them access careers in business and financial services, by focusing on employability and professional development topics. For State Street, the main aim is to provide business-relevant volunteering opportunities for staff, and engage many more senior staff in volunteering.
Out of 33 participants in 2012 that have graduated from the mentoring programme, 27 now work in their desired field at companies including Goldman Sachs, HSBC, BBC and Rolls Royce. Seven participants have even joined State Street as graduates, a fantastic - though unintended - result of the programme itself.
Continuum is now State Street’s biggest single volunteering project. Of the volunteers from State Street who have participated over the past three years, 98% would recommend the programme to colleagues, 91% would volunteer again in the future, and 76% gained a fresh perspective on young people from local communities.
In terms of its impact on the mentees, who all came through The Brokerage registrations, 100% were former state school students; 97% from BAME backgrounds; 91% felt more confident about their career prospects; 93% improved their workplace skills and 100% would recommend it to others.
We look forward to working with State Street again this year, and supporting many more young people in raising their aspirations and improving their employability, in the future.