The Brokerage Citylink has been awarded a bronze accolade at the Training Journal (TJ) Awards for its flagship internship programme - the City of London Business Traineeship programme.
The category, best not-for-profit programme, recognises initiatives that have a lasting impact on the organisation and its beneficiaries.
The City of London Business Traineeship programme, run on behalf of the City of London Corporation, helps state school students from the City’s neighbouring boroughs to develop the skills needed for a successful career. Through the award-winning programme, students can access 6-13 week paid internships at some of the City’s most prestigious businesses and institutes.
Société Générale, Bank of England, Marsh, CNA Hardy and William Blair are among the businesses that have taken part this year, with William Blair being named Employer of the Year.
Since The Brokerage began delivering the programme in 2000, over 1,300 young people have benefited from paid internships with more than 100 of the Square Mile’s top employers providing placements.
Initiatives like the City of London Business Traineeship programme help students to refine essential skills for the world of work.
By fully integrating young people into the operations of the company, with real work and real responsibility, students are able to develop their skills, with more than 50% later using the experience as a springboard into a career in professional and financial services.
Melissa Lucien, Head of Programmes at The Brokerage, said: “Receiving this award for delivering the City of London Business Traineeship programme is fantastic, and for us has reinforced the importance of good, paid work experience. Trainees on the programme are paid the London Living Wage (as a minimum), to ensure equal access for all, and the learning and development opportunities that the students receive alongside working provide them with an opportunity to really build their cultural capital, enabling them to compete on a level playing field with their peers”.
Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at The City of London Corporation said:
“We are proud that our partner The Brokerage Citylink has been awarded for delivering our scheme to such a high standard. Offering paid internships means a company can attract young talent from all walks of life, not just those who can afford to work for free.
The City Business Traineeship has, so far, supported thousands of state school students from some of London’s most deprived areas, into prestigious paid internships across London. We continue to develop new and innovative employment schemes across the capital giving people a chance to cultivate essential employability skills.”
City-based companies that would like to take part in this initiative by offering internships in summer 2017 should contact The Brokerage for more information.