City based social mobility charity, the Brokerage and financial services provider State Street Corporation, are running a mentoring programme to support 30 university students from London’s disadvantaged boroughs.
The mentoring programme, Continuum, which has been running since 2012, matches 30 second or third year students with State Street employees who meet weekly over a 3 month period to prepare them with key professional skills necessary to thrive in the workplace. The structured programme focuses on essential skills, such as raising their confidence to help them compete in the job market, while also developing the leadership skills of staff working at the company.
Programmes like these can increase diversity and help social mobility by providing access to professional networks useful for career development, and State Street employees have volunteered over 2,000 hours since the programme was first launched.
Jacinta McNicholas, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at State Street said, “This innovative mentoring programme has offered our staff the chance to share their professional knowledge and skills, while challenging preconceptions about young people. It demonstrates our commitment to the community and has raised awareness about how we recruit diverse, talented, young people into our organization.”
Bridget Gardiner, Executive Director of The Brokerage commented: “We are delighted to be working with State Street again for the fifth iteration of the programme. We wish the mentees all success, and hope that they grasp this valuable opportunity with both hands.”