Last week saw the conclusion of the second IntoWork summer mentoring programme, run in partnership between Lloyds Community Programme and the City’s social mobility charity, The Brokerage.
Following a successful pilot project in 2014 funded by Lloyd’s Community Programme, this year the programme matched 17 students from inner city London boroughs with graduates from across the Lloyd’s market mentoring them. The mentoring programme aims to develop the professional skills of the young people by linking them with a young professional from the Lloyd’s market. The mentoring sessions focus on the skills vital for the workplace, including communication, presentation and interview skills, goal setting and networking.
The structured sessions have been shown to improve the confidence and employability skills of the young people as well as develop the leadership and managerial skills of the recent graduate mentors.
As well as committing to their mentoring sessions over the eight week programme, the mentees were set a business challenge specific to the insurance sector. Taking a real-life issue for the insurance market the mentees were tasked with the following emerging risk and developing a presentation to be given to a panel of insurance experts:
“From printing prosthetic body tissue to use in space, the possibilities for 3D printing are endless, but what are the risks that the insurance industry should be considering?”
The three shortlisted candidates were Babatunde Alabi from Hackney, Halima Begum from Tower Hamlets and Shaquille Wilson, also from Hackney. The three “dragons” they presented to were very impressed with their insight into the issues for the insurance industry as well as their confidence in presenting in front of such a large audience.
It was very hard to pick a winner, but the first prize went to Babatunde Alabi, who is about to head off to Brunel University to study economics, and who hopes to work in the insurance sector during his placement year.
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.