Arbnor Beciri, age 19 from Chalk Farm was named as ‘trainee of the year’ at the City of London Corporation’s City Business Traineeship Awards last night. The ceremony took place at Nomura’s Thames Street headquarters.
The City Business Traineeship programme, which is fully funded by the Corporation and delivered by the Brokerage Citylink, places top performing state school pupils from London’s inner boroughs, into paid internships lasting up to 12 weeks at elite firms in the Square Mile.
Arbnor completed his placement at French investment bank, Société Générale, where he worked within the Fixed Income and Marco Sales department. The former pupil of Haverstock School and Camden School for Girls (mixed sixth form) received first-hand experience of working on the trading floor, developing his technical as well as soft skills.
Arbnor’s line manager said that the teenager stood out from other young candidates applying for investment banking roles and that he “displayed clear motivation and exceptional character throughout the process.”
Speaking of his win, Arbnor added: “I’d always wanted to get into banking but wasn’t aware of the opportunities until I heard about this internship. I had a great experience at Soc Gen and was really treated like part of the team. Not only did I learn about investment banking but I grew in confidence and started to feel comfortable in a work environment.
“Schemes like this are so important for young people who don’t have family connections at top firms. My internship has given me valuable work experience that many other teenagers don’t have. My plan is to go to Nottingham University to study economics and politics, and when I graduate, I’ll be looking for opportunities back in the City.”
This year 103 school leavers completed summer internships at 20 City firms including, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lloyd’s of London. The scheme was established in 2000 to boost social mobility and help diversify the future workforce within financial and professional services.
Mark Boleat, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “The financial and professional services are expected to create over 40,000 jobs here in the City over the next decade. Work placements such as this are essential in arming young people with skills and experience they need to compete in the jobs market.
“Recent social mobility studies show that people from private schools are disproportionately represented in graduate roles at top firms- this has to change. Schemes such as the City Business Traineeship programme, ensure state school pupils from diverse backgrounds get fair access to opportunities that can kick-start their career. I would urge more City employers to offer internships to talented and motivated young people like Arbnor.”
Winners of the City Business Traineeship Awards
· Trainee of the Year - Arbnor Beciri (Societe Generale)
· Highly Commended Trainee - Amal Dahoum (Hiscox)
· Employer Newcomer of the Year - CNA Hardy
· Project Champion of the Year - William Blair International
· Employer of the Year - Beazley
For more information on the City Business Traineeship scheme, please visit: http://www.thebrokerage.org.uk/cbt
Picture Caption: Arbnor Beciri receives his trophy and cheque from the Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow at last night’s City Business Traineeship Awards.