For the second year running, Lloyd’s Community Programme is funding and hosting the annual IntoWork Conference, a one day event aimed at providing young people from inner city London schools with an insight into careers in the City and Canary Wharf together with workshops on key employability skills.
The conference, which is designed and delivered by staff from social mobility and employment charity The Brokerage, gives 100 highly motivated and ambitious students who have just completed their A Levels and undergraduates who are registered with the charity, an opportunity to understand Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market, and importantly, improve their chances of success through the recruitment process when they apply for jobs in the financial and insurance sectors.
As well as workshops focused on employability skills, there are insight sessions from industry experts, a networking lunch, and a panel of staff from across the Lloyd’s market who will take part in an interactive Q&A session. At the end of the day, a careers fair will help students learn what placements, internships and jobs are available.
Employability and interview workshops will focus on how students should develop their own ‘personal brand’, including marketing themselves to recruiters, improving their interview technique, and includes mock interviews in small groups led by volunteers from the insurance sector.
A mock assessment centre workshop has been designed to enable the young people to showcase a wide range of key skills including presentation, teamwork, communication, leadership, working under pressure and analytics.
Commenting, executive director at the Brokerage, Bridget Gardiner, said: “Young people from London have some of the best and most exciting financial and insurance careers available on their doorstep, but relatively few of them have the information, guidance and support to help them access these roles.
“Events like this, supported by Lloyd’s Community Programme and the Lloyd’s market, ensure that ambitious and talented students from London schools gain the skills, confidence and best possible chance to compete for jobs on a level playing field, in relation to their more advantaged peers. We work very hard to dispel the perception that working in the City is “not for people like me” and “only for posh boys”.
“We are delighted to be running this event again in partnership with Lloyd’s Community Programme and thank them for their financial support to enable it to happen.”
Click here to see how the programme has helped candidates from the Brokerage reach their goals in a film celebrating 25 years of Lloyd's Community Programme, produced by Shoot the Company.