On Thursday 8 September, we celebrated another successful year of the Lloyd's IntoWork Summer Mentoring Programme at a graduation event for participants.
The Lloyd’s IntoWork Summer Mentoring Programme, funded by Lloyd’s Community Programme and run by The Brokerage, aims to develop the professional skills of young people through a series of structured mentoring meetings that focus on communication, presentation and interview skills, goal setting and networking.
A recent survey conducted by apprenticeships specialist, GetMyFirstJob, found that 98 per cent of 17 and 18 year olds feel their school needs to put more effort into helping them get into the world of work. 90 per cent of students also said that they believe the current UK education system sees exam results as more important than career preparation.
With so much pressure on schools and universities to provide career-centred education, programmes like the Lloyd’s Community Programme’s IntoWork Summer Mentoring Programme help to bridge the gap between the skills learnt in the classroom and how to implement them in the boardroom.
By matching Year 13 and undergraduate students from London state schools with employees from across the Lloyd’s insurance market, the aspiring City workers are able to develop professional skills so that they are prepared for the world of work and have the skills that employers are looking for.
Michaele Hawkins who manages Lloyd’s Community Programme believes “this is such a great opportunity for the mentees to learn about the real world of work, and pick the brains of their mentors about the insurance sector building a pipeline for a diverse future workforce in the Lloyd’s market.”
Mentees of the programme were tasked with a business challenge, in which they had to create and deliver a presentation that tackles the real-life issue of drones, focusing on the opportunities and risks for the insurance industry.
The three finalists, Maria Baez, Gbenro Arojojoye and Sabrina Tamdi (pictured above), delivered their presentations at the graduation event to a panel of expert judges, peers and guests at the event at Lloyd’s on 8 September 2016. The presentations provided an excellent insight with each candidate presenting confidently to the large audience, a key skill that they had developed with their mentor throughout the programme.
First prize went to Gbenro Arojojoye, who has been working over the summer as a Compliance Intern at Beazley. He told us, “The programme was excellent in giving me exposure and guidance in order to help me with my career. I gained an excellent mentor who has helped me in many different ways and expanded my network of contacts. The match was perfect. I will be maintaining contact with him for years to come. The business challenge was really helpful in enhancing my presentation skills and also improved my knowledge regarding insurance and the positive changes that are ahead, this is something I would like to be a part of. All in all it was an amazing experience that has helped laid a bit more groundwork for my future!”
Maria and Sabrina were awarded joint second place, each winning a prize of their own.