Commenting on the research report “Degrees of Debt” published today by the social mobility organisation the Sutton Trust, Bridget Gardiner, said:
“The Brokerage recognises that many students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be put off going to university in the knowledge that they could have over £50,000 of debt to repay in years to come.
Our programmes help young people to raise their aspirations and aim for careers across a wide range of professions in the City and beyond. We equip them with information about what careers are out there and what qualifications they need to succeed, and provide them with employability skills training and work experience opportunities. For graduates, these opportunities help them secure paid employment in professional, financial and related services, putting them on an equal footing with their more advantaged peers.
We also place around 50 young people each year into school leaver jobs and apprenticeships, and suspect that many more young people will choose to go down this route in the future. We will work with our network of over 100 employers to build on what’s already available and provide access to opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to earn while they learn in a professional environment.”
For more information about The Brokerage's programmes, please contact us on 020 7628 9904.