This year, The Brokerage is celebrating 20 years of raising the aspirations of young Londoners, creating access to professional and financial services and achieving diversity.
Key Brokerage beneficiaries, who are now working in professional or financial services as a result of their engagement with the organisation, came together at our alumni anniversary event held at CMC Markets on Wednesday 23rd November. It was an emotional experience for many, reuniting with their programme cohort for the first time since being in education.
The event welcomed Director of Fair Education Alliance and Brokerage alumni member, Lewis Iwu, as guest of honour. Lewis completed the City of London Business Traineeship (CBT) programme with The Brokerage in 2005 where he spent time working at investment bank, Citi.
Lewis is one of the many City professionals that form The Brokerage Alumni Network. Made up of past Brokerage candidates, they now act as role models to inspire the next generation of talent.
Of the charity Lewis said: “The Brokerage is a truly transformational organisation - it’s changed the life of so many by being at the frontline of the battle to give every child, irrespective of their background, the chance to fulfil their potential and thrive in the workplace.”
Earlier this month, the Social Mobility Commission reported on an "entrenched and unbroken" link between social class and success.
Since 1996 a high percentage of Brokerage alumni members have gone on to secure employment at the host company of their internship.
In 2015, The Brokerage identified that of the City of London Business Traineeship candidates, around 50% were still working in the business sector and that for many the programme was their stepping stone to a successful career in the City or business sector.
Young people from London have some of the best and most exciting careers available on their doorstep, but relatively few of them have the information, guidance and support to help them access these role.
Over the years, The Brokerage has built links between employers in London's financial districts and the local communities surrounding them to help students compete on a level-playing field with their more affluent peers.